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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn MIR Corporation’s exclusive tour Inside the Russian Space Programme, select guests will witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station, tour Russia’s premier cosmonaut training facility where they can participate in optional cosmonaut training, and experience the live Soyuz-International Space Station docking at Mission Control Center. The exclusive nine-day tour is slated for 17-25 September 2016 and starts at $14,495 per person.After arriving in Moscow, guests will visit the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in once-classified Star City, the premier training facility for Russian cosmonauts and foreign astronauts. Next, they’ll explore the MIR Space Station simulator, visit the Soyuz-TMA integrated simulator and the ISS mock-up, learn how crews acquire the skills to walk in space, and tour the Star City Museum, which contains space vehicles, simulators, space suits and a reproduction of Yuri Gagarin’s office.“We will observe the early morning roll-out of the Soyuz Rocket and follow it to the launch pad site together with the press, military personnel, cosmonauts and their relatives,” said MIR Corporation President Douglas Grimes. “The following day we will gather in a VIP seating gallery at Mission Control Center for the live satellite feed of the Soyuz docking.”Optional cosmonaut training includes experiencing up to 4Gs on the world’s largest centrifuge, the TsF-18; taking the ride of your life on a parabolic zero-G simulation flight; donning a Russian-engineered Orlan space suit, created especially for spacewalks; and learning to open and close hatches and complete a series of operations designed to simulate typical space tasks.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

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