18:39 GMT03 August 2020
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    KALUGA (Sputnik) - Interim Governor of Russia's Kaluga Region Vladislav Shapsha on Wednesday invited SpaceX founder and high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk to visit Kaluga's Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics.

    "Kaluga is the birthplace of cosmonautics. Many prominent people have been here. We are waiting for everyone related to space and, of course, Elon Musk as well. You are invited", Shapsha told reporters.

    Musk, who is also known for co-founding electric car company Tesla, set up SpaceX to produce launch vehicles capable of taking people to Mars and anywhere else in the solar system, thus facilitating the space exploration through private enterprise.

    Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics
    © Sputnik / Vladimir Vyatkin
    Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics

    Russian and Soviet scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who spent most of his life in a house on the outskirts of the city of Kaluga, is widely recognised as the originator of the idea of space exploration as well as a founding father of rocket science and cosmonautics.

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