Tourist program in Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre
Space Training Program for our Guests from Canada
We are always glad to welcome new friends! In October we greeted a wonderful family from Canada – a young space fan with his parents decided to dedicate first trip to Russia to space-related topic.
First they visited Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre – a legendary facility in Star City which is of great importance for world cosmonautics even now since all Russian and foreign cosmonauts and astronauts pass trainings there before their spaceflight.
The schedule was very busy. The whole day our guests spent studying Soyuz spacecraft design and layout, visiting Mir space station and ISS Russian segment halls and even studying the modules from the inside. Michael tried on Sokol rescue spacesuit learned how to seal it and control its systems and passed a training on Soyuz spacecraft simulator wearing the spacesuit just like a real cosmonaut. Together with GCTC instructor he practiced some basic operations like manual rendezvous and docking and learned what to do in case of off-nominal situations such like fire etc .
After such challenge it was high time to have a lunch break and our gusts learned to cook space food and tasted it.
The next training scheduled was a Centrifuge TsF-7 ride. Michael could easily stand g-load of 3,5g and showed amazingly good results passing vestibular training that GCTC medical specialists said he’d make a perfect astronaut.
We finished our busy day visiting Star City Museum of Cosmonautics where our guests could see Yuri Gagarin’s study, his personal belongings and lots of other historical exhibits.
Next day we visited Mission Control centre located in Korolyov city, Moscow region. Our gusts visited the main Flight Control Room and could watch online MCC specialists accomplishing ISS flight control operations, learned a lot about the station, its history and up-to-date state of affairs and experiments onboard as well as about MCC structure.
Leaving our gusts said that this was the most unique and unforgettable adventure in their life and they would definitely come again to experience everything they had no time for during this tour. And we will be happy to see them again!