Dr. Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, will talk about his role in the space race between the United States and Soviet Union at the New England Air Museum on April 28.

The younger Khrushchev took an active role in the Soviet Union’s space program, starting as an aerospace engineer and eventually becoming deputy director of research at the Control Computer Institute in Moscow. He worked on missile systems and a number of spacecraft for research and military purposes. Khrushchev helped develop the Proton Rocket that began its service as a military booster and now launches commercial satellites.

Khrushchev and his wife emigrated to the United States after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The couple became United States Citizens in 1999. Khrushchev is now a Senior Fellow at the Brown University Watson Institute for International Studies.

The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at the New England Air and Space Museum located near the Bradley International Airport. Tickets cost $35 for museum members and $50 for non-members and must be purchased in advance by calling the museum at (860) 623-3305. Visitors can purchase a signed copy of Khrushchev’s 2001 book, Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower, at the event for $35.

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