Dr. Alexander L. Zaitsev of the Russian Academy of Sciences is also the Chief "Cosmic Call" scientist for Team Encounter. He supervised the transmission of the 1999 and 2003 Cosmic Calls from Ukraine. In addition, under his leadership, a youth group in Moscow composed and broadcast a very moving Teen Age Message to ETI, including a beautiful "Theremin Concert for Aliens". Dr. Zaitsev is a Chief Scientist of the Radio Engineering and Electronics Institute, Russian Academy of Science. Even during difficult economic times in Russia, Alexander Zaitsev has been able to successfully conduct international radar astronomy research projects with Europe, the United States and Japan. In 1992, he led a team of radar astronomers who successfully tracked the asteroid 4179 Toutatis to a distance of 3.6 million kilometers from Earth. This was the first non-U.S. asteroid radar experiment.

His career has been marked by three major areas of interest. First, radar devices used in the study of Venus, Mars, and Mercury, particularly direct digital synthesizers of coherent radar signals (the subject of his M.S. thesis, 1981). Second, near-Earth asteroid radar research (the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation, 1997). Third - interstellar radio messaging (at present). In 1985 he received the Soviet Governmental Prize in Science. In 1989 he received the Koroliov Gold Medal of the Soviet Space Federation. In 1995 the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid number 6075 as “Zajtsev”. In 1997 he received the Tsiolkovsky Gold Medal of the Russian Space Federation. In 2003 he received Ukrainian jubilee medal “2500th Anniversary of Evpatoria”.


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