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[i]On this day, 58 years ago, the cosmonaut detachment was officially created. However, the first significant date can be considered 1958, when the Institute of Aviation Medicine began preparatory work on the selection of candidates for the first space flight. In the same year, Sergei Pavlovich Korolev presented to the government a note on the prospect of creating a heavy satellite, within which a person can be on Earth's orbit.
At the moment, there are 26 people in the cosmonaut detachment. "Today the cosmonaut detachment is a good fusion of youth and experience," said the commander of the cosmonaut corps, Hero of the Russian Federation, the pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, Oleg Kononenko.[/i]
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