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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.

29.11.2019

Finishing autumn flights season!

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Despite this autumn wasn’t that generous with nice sunny days, we flew quite a lot. Fans of jet aviation were not confused at all with either cloudy and rainy days or sensible frosts. Moreover when the day is gray it is doubly pleasant to fly above the clouds and see the sun smiles.

11.10.2019

Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov passes away

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Today at the age of 85 Soviet cosmonaut # 11, the first Man to perform a spacewalk, twice awarded with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, Alexey Leonov passed away.

03.10.2019

Baikonur tour: Soyuz MS-15 launch

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September turned out to be a cosmic month. More than 400 tourists, representatives of the mass media and space agencies from around the world visited cosmodrome Baikonur for the 70th, landmark launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket from the Gagarin's Start. We witnessed the last start from Site 1, the modernization plan of the launch site is designed for three years and the next spacecraft launch will be relocated and also launched on new Soyuz-2.1a rockets.

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Oleg Novitskiy

Hero of Russian Federation,
ROSCOSMOS Test Cosmonaut

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

October 12, 1971, Cherven, Minsk region, Byelorussian SSR.

EDUCATION:

1994 – graduated from Kachinsk Higher Military Pilot School and was qualified as a pilot engineer;

2006 – graduated from the Command Department of Yu.A. Gagarin Air-Force Academy.

2015 – graduated from The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and was qualified as a magister of State and Municipal administration.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

From October 1994 to September 2004 he served as a pilot, a master pilot, deputy commander of the air squadron of assault aviation regiment (AAR) of the 4-th Air Army and 4-th AF and ADF Army, North-Caucasian MD.

Upon graduation from the Academy in 2006 he served as commander of AAR air squadron of the 4-th AF and ADF Army.
On February 2007 he was recommended to be appointed to a post of a candidate for cosmonauts of CTC detachment.

February, 2007 – he began general space training course which he completed on June, 2009 having passed graduation examinations with an excellent mark.

June, 2009 — at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee he was qualified as a test cosmonaut
August, 2009 – March, 2010 — passed space training course on ISS program.

March, 2010 – May, 2012 — participated in training as ISS-31/32 backup crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz TMA-04 spacecraft.

May, 2012 – October, 2012 — participated in training as ISS-33/34 prime crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz TMA-06 spacecraft.

December, 2014 – July, 2016 — participated in training as ISS-48/49 backup crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz MS spacecraft.

Since July, 2016 he participates in training as ISS-50/51 prime crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

Oleg NOVITSKIY performed his first space flight at a period of October 23, 2012 to March 16, 2013 as Soyuz TMA-06M commander and ISS-33/34 onboard engineer. The mission duration was 143 days.

AWARDS AND RANKS:

Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation,
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation,
Medal For Participation in Combat,
Medal For Military Virtue Second Class
Medal For distinction in military service First, Second and Third Classes
Medal For service in the air force
Decorated with watch For Personal Courage,
Combat veteran title.