Once again we saw off international crew to space. On July 07, at 04.36, Moscow time, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins and JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi went to the ISS onboard new Russian Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft. As if in accordance with Soyuz crew we had three large groups: guests from Japan, US and Russia came to support their astronauts.
The whole world celebrates Cosmonautics Day on April 12, but a few know what a significant date June 16 is for the history of space exploration. On June 16, 1963, the first woman-cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova performed her spaceflight onboard Vostok-6 spacecraft.
We rapidly expand our tourism geography and this time a couple from sunny Mexico challenged themselves passing space trainings in GCTC. Our guests took part in Egress-2 simulator training in Orlan EVA spacesuits and in Soyuz spacecraft integrated simulator training. Then they attended the briefing with Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov.
On April 26 we performed zero-gravity flight onboard Ilyushin-76 MDK. After passing all necessary preparations on GCTC premises a team of extreme adventure fans from Germany, Switzerland and Russia got almost 5 minutes of real space zero-gravity, unforgettable impressions and bright emotions.
Soyuz TMA-20M crew made up of Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexei Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams successfully went to the ISS at night from March 18 to March 19. According to our tradition together with a group of space fans we saw the crew off to space and visited all pre-launch events at Baikonur.
In 2016 the Cosmonautics has a great jubilee. 55 years ago humanity took the first step to space exploration when Yuri Gagarin performed manned spaceflight for the first time in the history of mankind. People of various occupations and nationalities show growing interest to this field conquering Edge of space onboard MiG-29 jet fighter and passing real space trainings in GCTC.
On Friday, November 13, a marvelous team gathered onboard our Ilyushin: 12 superheroes decided to experience weightlessness. Batman, Superman, Thor, Ironman and many others as if made up their mind to feel like Russian cosmonauts training for their spaceflight.
Two young space and aviation fans from Japan came to Russia for unbelievable space experience. In the framework of their tour program the guests visited Gagarin cosmonauts training Centre in Star city where they passed unique space trainings and performed Edge of Space flights onboard legendary Russian MiG-29 jet fighter in Nizhny Novgorod.