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Russia's Cosmonauts, Inside the Yuri Gagarin Training Center
Rex D Hall, David J Shayler and Bert Vis
with Foreword by Alexei Leonov (former Soviet cosmonaut)
Extent: 416 pages
Publication Date: October 2005
ISBN: 978 0 387 21894 6
AIS price £19.79
In this ground-breakig work, the doors to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (TsPK) in Russian are opened and its facilities and its role in space flight history explained in detail for the first time to western readers. Known as Star City, the center is unique in the history of human space exploration but, now, has remained essentially a closed location.
With full assistance from those who organise and run the facility, and using unique photographs, first-hand interviews and historical resources, the authors explore how Russian citizens have been selected and trained to fly in space, and how this procedure has changed over the last forty years. They also discuss the evolution of the often overlooked ground support infrastructure. Finally, they examine how the cosmonaut's role has changed from the pioneering days of the Gagarin era, through the demise of the Soviet Union, the co-operation in the multinational commercial and ISS programmes, and into the future and a new era of space exploration.
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