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spaceman
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posted 06-19-2007 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some nice behind the scenes images of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City here.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-15-2008 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photographer James Hill documents Life at Star City in this slide show for The New York Times.

Also see John Schwartz's article, For U.S. Astronauts, a Russian Second Home.

alanh_7
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posted 11-28-2008 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Next year I may have to go to Russia on business. I am considering trying to co-ordinate at least part of the trip so I can visit Star City, perhaps during a Soyuz launch. I know Space Adventures has an excellent reputation, but are there any other companies that may be recommended? And can anyone give me any feedback on their own trip to Star City?

gliderpilotuk
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posted 11-29-2008 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try these guys: RusAdventures

I believe the lady who usually accompanies Leonov and Tereshkova is connected with them.

Presume you are aware that Star City is nowhere near the launch complex in Kazakhstan?

Contrary to popular opinion it is not that difficult to get around Russia. Last time I was in St. Petersburg we hired a private guide for 3 days at low cost and had a wonderful time. Moscow is an expensive city (Hotels at $250+), but if you're on business...

alanh_7
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posted 11-29-2008 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by gliderpilotuk:
Presume you are aware that Star City is nowhere near the launch complex in Kazakhstan?
Yes I was aware of it. I was looking for a company that may perhaps be able to arrange both. I appreciate the information. I have been to St Petersberg before but not Moscow an for sure not Kazakhstan. I will look over the web site and if the trip is a go follow up with Rus Adventures for more information. Thanks again.

Fezman92
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posted 01-24-2012 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is visiting Star City as 'easy' as it is claimed in "Dragonfly"? I talked to a friend of mine who is Russian and she says it is most likely still like that.

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gareth89
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posted 06-03-2015 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone been to Star City recently?

I'm going to Russia early on in July, spending most of the trip in St. Petersburg but will have 4 to 5 days in Moscow. I'm only just starting to plan the trip now.

I've heard great things about the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, so I'll definitely make a stop off there but wondering is Star City worth the trip (and the money)? Thanks in advance!

cosmos-walter
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posted 06-09-2015 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Star City is a very quiet village. The only restaurant is closed for renovation.

Since Star City is civilian rather than militarian you need a permit to enter it at all.

I recommend to visit Star City only, if you have either arranged a visit of Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center or if you have fixed to meet anybody there.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 06-10-2015 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't overlook the Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology in St. Petersburg. It's in the Peter and Paul Fortress, on the site of early Russian rocket research.

mf451
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posted 08-26-2015 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mf451   Click Here to Email mf451     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone recommend a tour operator for visiting Star City? I will be travelling to Moscow in a few months and would like to visit Star City. I've come across a few websites, of varying quality with a wide array of prices. Does anyone have any first hand experience with visiting Star City? Thanks in advance!

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cosmos-walter
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posted 09-08-2015 03:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, it seems you have a new e-mail address. Please, mail it to me as my answer is not delivered.

mf451
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posted 09-08-2015 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mf451   Click Here to Email mf451     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walter, I have sent you another message from my email; I have also included a second email address, in case the gmail.com address does not work. Thank you in advance for any tips!

mf451
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posted 10-22-2015 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mf451   Click Here to Email mf451     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As an update to my prior question, for anyone in the future: I just visited Moscow and had a tour of GCTC/Star City, through Vegitel, and it was excellent. The planning process was very smooth and Stephanie, the agent I spoke with throughout, was patient and explained all the options and prices to me in advance via email. You can literally see/do almost anything you want at GCTC, for a price of course.

The tour guide was likewise excellent, his English was perfect and he was an expert in all things space related. I loved the tour; the highlight for us was trying on the Sokol space suits.

All in all I would highly recommend anyone interested in such a tour contact Vegitel to set something up. I think they are only one of a handful of authorized tour operators there, and most other 'operators' I spoke with just re-sold the Vegitel tours, at a mark up. If anyone has questions about my tour in the future, drop me an email.

Vegitel's website.

I don't have any affiliation with them, but spent many hours contacting a lot of different tour companies, so I figured I might help out someone in the future if I can!

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