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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-19-2010 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interfax reports that six prospective cosmonauts have started an 18-month training program at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) at Star City.

The candidates include:

  • Alexei Khomenchuk (GCTC)
  • Denis Matveyev (GCTC)
  • Andrei Babkin (RSC Energia, previously)
  • Sergei Kud-Sverchkov (RSC Energia, previously)
  • Svyatoslav Morozov (RSC Energia)
  • Ivan Vagner (RSC Energia)
An interdepartmental commission approved the candidates on April 26 and October 12.

"General training started on November 15. The course will last for slightly more than 18 months, until July 2012. Prospective cosmonauts will study cosmonautics theory, acquire technical skills and analyze results of research and experiments," said Roscomos spokesperson Irina Rogova.

In addition, they will be trained to pilot aircraft, to make parachute jumps and to perform medical and biological missions. "Fundamentals of spaceship testing, zero gravity modeling, diving and spacesuit training will also be taught," Rogova said.

Russia has three cosmonauts units: the Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), RSC Energia and the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems (IMBP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The training center unit currently has 22 members.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-19-2010 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Links to the candidates' corresponding biographical pages on SpaceFacts.de:

Philip
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posted 04-29-2011 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good source for recent photos of cosmonaut training and preflight preparations.

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