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16.05.2019

Victory Day flights

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Being such a notable and superb day, the 9th of May has not been spared by our guests who celebrated the victory day at the Oreshkovo airfield paying homage to the memory of war heroes by conducting breathtaking and unforgettable flights aboard L–39 jet trainer.

17.04.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome trip, April 2019

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Progress MS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 4th of April. Liftoff took place at 14:01 Moscow time, setting the stage for the spacecraft to rendezvous with the outpost just over three hours later.

12.04.2019

April, 12th — Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, for the first time ever mankind went beyond the limits of the home planet and entered a new space age. We congratulate all space and cosmonautics fans on this great day and wish you all space health, peaceful skies, new heights and fantastic discoveries!

21.03.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome tour, March 2019

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On the 14th of March at 10:14 pm (Moscow time) it once more roared at the Baikonur cosmodrome. A spacecraft with a crew of three onboard was launched into space: A. Ovchinin, N. Hague and C. Koch. The MS-12 crew emblem was almost a copy of the MS-10 crew emblem, the spacecraft-launch of which went down in history as the first unsuccessful one since 1983 (!). Well, the Russian cosmonautics does not rest and goes on developing.

07.02.2019

From Russia with love

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Even strong frosts this year are unable to discourage tourists from discovering the world of cosmonautics. Besides, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City looks as astonishing in winter as in summer. Our French guest didn’t fear colds neither. The beginning of February was marked by another tour to Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sebastian’s wife asked us to arrange the tour programme as a gift to her loved one.

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Kimbrough Robert Shane

NASA ASTRONAUT,
COL., U.S. ARMY, RET.

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

Born June 4, 1967, in Killeen, Texas.

EDUCATION:

1985 — graduated from The Lovett School, Atlanta, Georgia,
1989 — received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York,
1998 — Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Kimbrough graduated from West Point in May 1989 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

He entered the U.S. Army Aviation School in 1989 and was designated an Army aviator in 1990.

In late 1990, he was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia, and was deployed to Southwest Asia, where he served in Operation Desert Storm. He served in the 24th Infantry Division as an attack helicopter platoon leader, aviation liaison officer and attack helicopter battalion operations officer.

In 1994, he was assigned to the 229th Aviation Regiment (Attack) (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he commanded an Apache helicopter company as well as the Regimental headquarters company.

After completing a Masters of Science degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998, he was assigned as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy. Other military schools include the Army Parachutist Course, Army Jumpmaster Course, German Airborne Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College.

NASA EXPERIENCE:

Kimbrough joined the NASA team at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in September 2000. He was assigned to NASA’s Aircraft Operations Division at Ellington Field in Houston, where he served as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).

Kimbrough was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 2004.

In February 2006, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified him for various technical assignments within the Astronaut Office and future flight assignment as a Mission Specialist.

Kimbrough completed his first spaceflight in 2008, logging a total of 15 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds in space and 12 hours and 52 minutes in two spacewalks.

Kimbrough served as the Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office (VITO) from June 2013 to June 2014 in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate as well as serving as the Robotics Branch Chief for the Astronaut Office.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

STS-126 Endeavour (November 14 to November 30, 2008) launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It was NASA’s 4th shuttle flight in 2008 and the 27th shuttle/station assembly mission. Highlights of the almost 16-day mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house six-member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchen, two bedrooms, an exercise machine and a water recycling system. During the mission, Kimbrough performed two spacewalks, logging a total of 12 hours and 52 minutes. STS-126 also delivered a new resident to the station, replacing Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17/18, with Sandy Magnus, Expedition 18. STS-126 returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in over 6 million miles.

Kimbrough has been assigned to the Expedition 49/50 crew scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in autumn 2016.

AWARDS AND RANKS:

— Captain of the West Point baseball team;
— First Team All-Conference Pitcher;
— Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Army flight school;
— Two Meritorious Service Medals;
— Army Commendation Medal;
— Army Achievement Medal;
— National Defense Service Medal;
— Southwest Asia Service Medal;
— Kuwaiti Liberation Medal;
— Saudi Arabian Kuwaiti Liberation Medal;
— Valorous Unit Award;
— Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.