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24 December 2022, 13:08

Lukashenko visits cosmonaut training center in Russia

ZVEZDNY GORODOK, 24 December (BelTA) - Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko is visiting the Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Center in Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City) near Moscow, Russia, BelTA has learned.

The center is currently selecting candidates from Belarus to fly into space. The Belarusian candidates are six women. It is expected that the main and backup candidates for a manned space flight will be named in early 2023. The medical commission will issue appropriate recommendations on 28 December. Then the Belarusian side will decide on the priority candidates.

Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to meet with the Belarusian candidates for a manned space flight, get familiar with the work of the center, the cosmonaut selection and training system. The head of state will be shown various simulating equipment.

Future prospects of the Belarusian-Russian cooperation in space activities will also be discussed.

The head of state was warmly welcomed by Yury Borisov, Director General of the Roscosmos State Space Corporation, Maxim Kharlamov, Head of the Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Center, and Sergei Krikalev, executive director for manned space programs at Roscosmos State Corporation.

Aleksandr Lukashenko first went to a centrifuge facility, where one of the Belarusian candidates for a space flight was having a training session. “Well done!” the head of state said watching her on the monitor.

The president then talked to the young woman in person. “Well done! I have seen such tests before. You are great! How do you feel?” he asked.

“It feels unforgettable,” she replied.

“Well done! You will have something to remember in your life. Good luck,” the Belarusian leader said.

After that the president toured the hydro lab, a large pool for training cosmonauts. The hydro lab is equipped with a set of experimental units (dimensional mockups of the modules), which can be placed on a movable mechanism and lowered into the basin for training. All experimental equipment is made full-size.

Aleksandr Lukashenko learned about the training process and the cosmonauts' equipment. A regular space suit weighs 120kg.

The head of state also spoke with the cosmonauts and posed for a joint photo with them.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was shown the ISS simulating equipment. Everything is made life-size and repeats the modules that are in orbit.

The head of state was briefed on the modules the station consists of, its configuration and how the station has been expanded over the years in cooperation with other countries. The president was interested in all the details, including the electric voltage in the modules and how the cosmonauts heat up their food.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also saw the inside of the Zvezda Service Module.

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