Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre

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A Russian centre used to train cosmonauts, located in Star City near Moscow, Russia. It includes centrifuges, a neutral buoyancy tank, mock-ups of International Space Station (ISS) modules, and simulators representing various spacecraft. NASA astronauts routinely train at the centre for joint projects, which have included the ApolloSoyuz Test Project, space shuttle flights, and the ISS. This includes practice with Russian equipment and experiments, as well as Russian language courses. Astronauts from many other nations, from the UK to China, have also been trained at the centre.

http://howe.iki.rssi.ru/GCTC/gctc_e.htm Tour of the Cosmonauts Training Centre, its facilities, and its museum. The site includes historical background and a discussion of the centre's role today, with lots of interesting photographs of cosmonaut training in progress.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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