Inside the Russian Space Program

Our behind-the-scenes exploration of the Russian space program features a VIP viewing of the manned launch of a Soyuz spacecraft.

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 Russian cosmonauts  The raising of the rocket ceremony  Preparing for the launch of a Soyuz rocket  A Soyuz spacecraft  A Russian cosmonaut waves to onlookers  A Soyuz rocket in flight  Spectators at a launch  Smithsonian Journeys travelers at launch site  A group of Smithsonian Journeys travelers  Moscow's Red Square, a World Heritage site  St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow  Moscow in the evening  The ISS Crew press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel  The ISS Crew press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel  Cold War Museum Bunker, Moscow  Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City   The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City  The Mir Space Station Simulator at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center  The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where crews acquire skills for operations on the external surface of the orbital station under simulated weightless conditions.

Optional Cosmonaut Training

  • Optional Cosmonaut Training activities are offered. These optional training's require staying in Moscow for one or two extra nights. Pricing will be provided upon request.
  • Please call or ask us a question to register interest for our 2016 Optional Cosmonaut Training Extension.

Zero-Gravity Flight

Take the ride of your life on a parabolic zero-G simulation flight. Float, soar, cartwheel and hang weightless in the padded cabin of an Ilyushin-76 military transport aircraft as crew members stand by to assist. One of the most exciting and enjoyable of the cosmonaut training exercises, the zero-G flight puts a huge smile on the faces of everyone involved.

• Includes medical exam and pre-flight briefing
• Roundtrip transfers to the flight
• Pre-flight expert instructions and in-flight instruction
• Zero-gravity flight in IL-76 MDK with 10 parabolic curves, 25 to 30 seconds each
• Special certificate upon completion

Centrifuge 4-G Training

Experience up to 4 Gs on a familiarization ride on the CF-18 centrifuge. Simply put, the centrifuge is a long arm with a capsule on one end where the cosmonaut trainee sits. Used for checking and improving cosmonauts’ G-load tolerance, the CF-18 can be described as a gigantic amusement park ride.

• Includes medical exam
• Roundtrip transfers to Star City
• Training and supervision of the complete process
• CF-18 centrifuge for approximately 3 minutes, up to 4 Gs
• Special certificate upon completion

*Medical exam at GCTC is required.

Orlan EVA Space Suit Simulator

Don a Russian-engineered Orlan space suit, created especially for spacewalks. These are the suits used by cosmonauts when they leave the International Space Station to perform experiments or routine maintenance. The Orlan DMA has a rigid torso and flexible arms and is entered by a rear hatch in its backpack. Since it is designed for use in zero gravity, it is extremely heavy, so during cosmonaut training, the suit is suspended from a boom to simulate zero gravity. You will go through an actual training session that the current cosmonauts and astronauts perform. Learn to open and close hatches and complete a series of operations designed to simulate typical space tasks. The training will include explanations and preparations, donning an Orlan space suit, performing various tasks and maneuvers, and a post-training discussion.

• Includes medical examination
• Roundtrip transfers to Star City
• Instruction on safety measures
• Orlan spacesuit fitting
• Space-walk training about 1 hour
• Training debriefing
• Lunch at Star City
• Special certificate upon completion

(Two people may participate in the training at the same time. Medical exam at GCTC is required.)

MiG-29 Jet Fighter Flights

Enjoy high altitude aerobatics on a flight duration of 20 to 25 minutes.