Reach for the stars with MIR’s fall Russian space tour. Guests will be able to tour Russia’s premier cosmonaut training facility, Star City, participate in optional cosmonaut training and meet top space officials and space veterans. Visitors will also be able to witness the launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to the international space station.
On arrival in Moscow, guests will visit the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in the once-classified Star City. This will be followed by a range of space-related activities including exploring the IR Space station simulator, visiting the Soyuz-TMA integrated simulator and the ISS mock-up, learning how crews acquire the skills to walk in space, and a tour of the Star City Museum.
“We will observe the early morning roll-out of the Soyuz Rocket and follow it to the launch pad site together with the press, military personnel, cosmonauts and their relatives,” said MIR Corporation President Douglas Grimes. “The following day we will gather in a VIP seating gallery at Mission Control Center for the live satellite feed of the Soyuz docking.”
There will also be optional activities available to guests including experiencing up to 4 Gs on the world's largest centrifuge, the TsF-18; donning a Russian-engineered Orlan space suit, taking a ride on a parabolic zero-G simulation flight; and learning to open and close hatches and complete a series of operations designed to simulate typical space tasks.
The 9-day tour is scheduled for November 25 – December 3 2014 and will start at $14,295 per person.