Chennai, Apr 13 (PTI) Two Russian cosmonauts have greeted students of a central school located at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu from the International Space Station, after receiving a letter from them.

The cosmonauts, Oleg Artemyev and Anton Shkaplerov, addressed the students of Atomic Energy Central School, Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district on April 12, a release from Rosatom, a Russian firm involved in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Project (KKNPP) said.

“Out of more than 12,000 letters, their (students) letter was chosen to be replied and the cosom sent greetings,” it said.

An accompanying video showed the astroanuts displaying a picture taken by the children with Mikhail Kornienko, a Russian space pilot, during his visit to the school last year. He had earlier served in the ISS.

Artemyev was seen saying in the video that they had received a lot of letters and congratulations on the International Cosmonauts Day.

“One of those letters was unique. It was full of warmth and love and we could not resist ourselves from replying. The letter is written by school children from a village called Kundakulam in South India who study at Atomic Central School,” he said.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station in low Earth orbit.

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