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11.06.2020

Back to the Future: Soyuz MS-09 launch

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Though currently we are facing challenging times and travelling around the world is just a distant dream let us hope for the better and get back to wonderful moments and fantastic adventures we have experienced in the past.

06.05.2020

The 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory

This year we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The 9th of May is a glorious date of our history. On this day we feel a special sense of gratitude and pride in remembering those who passed through severe trials in the fight in the name of peace and freedom for future generations.

11.04.2020

World Aviation and Astronautics Day

On the 12th of April 1961 an extraordinary event occurred that has changed the world – the first ever human spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin laid a foundation for the age of space exploration. This event gave an opportunity for grand-scale scientific researches and discoveries, creation of high technologies and major technical evolution not only in the Soviet Union but worldwide.

06.03.2020

Greetings to the cosmonaut corps on the anniversary!

On the 7th of March, 1960 the landmark event in the history of space exploration occurred – exactly on that date the first 12 people were enrolled in the cosmonaut corps. Later on their names became known all over the world because those were people who completed the first ever human spaceflight, the first spacewalk, the first orbital docking of two spacecrafts. They became the symbols of courage, examples to emulate and idols for millions of soviet citizens.

26.12.2019

Christmas space adventures

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On Christmas Eve we all believe in fairytales. And space is indeed the greatest miracle of our world, it is not only the mystery of unexplored galaxies that is so fascinating about space but also the triumph of scientific progress and genius of humanity. This is what our guests from Brazil came for – to face the unknown and to explore the secrets of space.

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Andrey Borisenko

Hero of Russian Federation,
ROSCOSMOS 3-d class Test Cosmonaut

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

April 17, 1964, Leningrad, Russia.

EDUCATION:

1987 — graduated from Leningrad Military Mechnical Institute (now BSTU «Voenmekh» after D.F. Ustinov)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

1987-1989 — worked as a civil employee in the Navy.

Since 1989 he worked at NPO (RSC) Energia where till 1999 he worked in the Mir Orbital Complex onboard systems analysis group of the Main operations control team at MCC-M. Since 1999 till the beginning of general space training he worked as a shift flight director (SFD) at MCC-M first of the Mir Orbital Complex (directly participated in operations for the Mir Orbital Complex de-orbit) and then under the ISS program.

May, 2003 — at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee for the cosmonaut selection he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment to pass general space training.

June, 2003 — he began general space training which he completed on June 27, 2005 having passed graduation examinations with an excellent mark.
On July 5, 2005 by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee (IDQC) he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.

2005-2008 — passed space training course.

August, 2008 — April, 2009 — participated in training as ISS-24/25 backup crew member.

April, 2009 — April, 2010 participated in training as ISS-23/24 backup crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz -TMA spacecraft.

April, 2010 — April, 2011 participated in training as ISS-27/28 prime crew member, ISS-27 onboard engineer and ISS-28 commander.

December, 2014 — February, 2016 participated in training as ISS-47/48 backup crew member, ISS and spacecraft onboard engineer.

Since March, 2016 participated in traning as ISS-49/50 prime crew onboard engineer and Soyuz MS-02 onboard engineer.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

Andrey performed his first space flight at a period of April 5 to September 16, 2011 as ISS-27 and Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft onboard engineer and commander of ISS-28. The mission duration was 164 days.

AWARDS AND RANKS:
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.
Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation,
ROSCOSMOS Award, Gagarin Sign,
NASA Space Flight Medal and Distinguished Public Service Medal.