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A video on the 1990 visit to the USGS EROS by a Soviet delegation
 

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… degrees doesn’t sound that bad at all.
- Not bad at all. Yeah. We’ll take it.

- Thanks, Bruce.

Six delegates of the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Geodesy and Cartography and related agencies surveyed the Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center near Sioux Falls today.

The EROS Data Center collects satellite and aerial photo images to form stunningly detailed mapping of Earth and its environment.

As part of a glasnost exchange, an American delegation – some from EROS – toured similar Russian facilities in July.

This past weekend, the Soviets spent Saint Patrick’s Day in Rapid City, and after viewing Mount Rushmore, and today they looked over EROS’s facilities before a trip tonight to the mall to buy blue jeans.

Among the visitors is Viktor Savinykh, a cosmonaut who flew three missions.

At 10:00, we’ll hear some of the Russians’ philosophies about studying Earth from space.

I didn’t think we’d ever …

- Didn’t think we’d …

- A high-level delegation
from the Russian Administration of Geodesy and Cartography visited the EROS Data Center near Sioux Falls today on a glasnost exchange.

- And, as we found out, some things are the same in any language.

- It seems we never tire of thoseimages of a flight into space.Nor can we tire of the beauty, in addition to the useful scientific information gained, from the images of our planet from space.

It is the same in Russia.

- We can make a map of the geological structure very fast, just in a few days of the – we receive space imagery.

- The space program and remote imaging from satellites is an economic benefit to Russia.

- Technology is developed, four rubles to two – to one ruble. So if we have one ruble, we can make an efficiency – we can make products for four rubles.

- Cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh saw Earth during three different missions – one an extremely dangerous voyage. But there was danger below too.

- Because we have about three problems – ecological problems in our world now.

- It’s a problem of the changes of climate.

- The problem of the ozone layer.

- And also the problem …

- Moving of dirty air and – from one side of the planet to another side.

- Perhaps, with glasnost, and with our own goodwill too, we will cooperate to find solutions in the future.

- We should mention they went shopping for jeans tonight too.

- At the mall.

- [laughs] Thanks for joining us tonight.

- We’ll see you tomorrow night at 6:00.

- … the morning pictures. Doug?

- It’s an exchange that never could have taken place without glasnost. High-ranking Soviet scientists are learning about technical map-making and satellite technology at EROS Data Center near Sioux Falls.

The scientists say they’re able to take what they’re learning and – here and use it at home to study their environmental problems.

The folks at EROS arealso learning from them.

- Maybe in near future, we shall cooperate in some fields, like global – with the problem of global changing, for the – to solve ecological problems, and some other – some other – to solve some other problems.

- The Soviets say meeting their American counterparts face-to-face leads to better relations between the two countries, and they’ll both be able to work toward the common goal of improving the environment.

- Governor Mickelson’s …

- The environment is an international concern, even if it’s just been discovered in some places.

High-ranking Soviet scientists spent the day touring the EROS Data Center near Sioux Falls. They plan to take back what they’ve learned in hopes of cleaning up some of their problems – problems that are just coming to light.

Next, another fire and … - … news, Sioux Falls.

- Some South Dakotans are experiencing glasnost firsthand.

Six Soviet representatives are in Sioux Falls touring the EROS Data Center. The six delegates work with a similar Earth mapping center in the Soviet Union.

The Soviets say their environmental concerns are similar to ours – the alarming greenhouse effect and the diminishing ozone layer.

As for the first impression of the U.S., this former cosmonaut says he loves all the smiling faces.

- Yes, I feel comfortable here because I didn’t feel tense – some tense inside. I didn’t feel it.

- Okay.

- Seem – I feel comfortable here.

- This visit is part of an exchange program.

Four Americans made a similar trip to the Soviet Union last July.

- Record sales and …

- South Dakotans experienced glasnost on a personal basis today. Six Soviet representatives toured the Sioux Falls EROS Data Center.

The six delegates work with a similar Earth mapping center in the Soviet Union. The Soviets say their environmental concerns are also similar to ours – the alarming greenhouse effect and the diminishing ozone layer.

As for the first impressions of the U.S., this former cosmonaut says he loves all the smiling faces.

- Yes, I feel comfortable here because I didn’t feel tense – some tense inside. I didn’t feel it.

- Okay.

- Seem – I feel comfortable here.

- This visit is part of an exchange program. Four Americans made a similar trip to the Soviet Union last July.

- U.S. Secretary of State James Baker will help celebrate …