The ceremony of laying the first stone of the planetarium and astroparka held at the Astronomical Observatory im.V.P.Engelgardta Kazan (Volga) Federal University.
On the territory of the observatory is planned to create a multi-center space astrometry, able to ensure the effective application of space activities and the training of highly qualified specialists in the field. At the center will be entrusted with the development of metrological testing ground for satellite equipment, establishment of a ground support Russian and international space programs (GLONASS satellites, "Luna-Glob", "Phobos-Grunt", etc.). The center will have a complex high-tech equipment for students, graduates and candidates; practice base in astronomy and space geodesy; fitness base; hotel-hostel.
Unique project will please not only the scientific community but also residents and visitors to the capital of Tatarstan. The new project will be built the world’s first astropark and Planetarium. Opening of objects will be confined to the Universiade, which will be held in Kazan in 2013. In general, in the observatory will be 28 new objects. Construction costs will be about 450 million rubles.