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Star City

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Once a top secret town Star City today is more open and welcomes visitors interested in space travel. Since 1960s Star city has been a training centre for the Russian Cosmonauts, it was here where Yury Gagarin, German Titov, Valentina Tereshkova prepared for their historic flights. Many Russian Cosmonauts live in Star city today with their families and get trained. The town is not far from Moscow, it is located  25 km to the east, you can get their by car or by train.


 

The tour to Star City will give you a chance to learn the history of the Russian space program and about many famous people who lived and worked here. How cosmonauts are selected? What equipment is used to prepare a cosmonaut for space journey? How to become a space tourist? You can find answers to these questions visiting the museum of Star City.

 
During the tour you will see a gigantic centrifuge designed to simulate G-force. Its diameter is 18 m and it's the largest in the world. Another highlight is Hydro laboratory, a huge pool that simulates weightlessness for practicing spacewalks. You can get inside full-size models of Russian spacecraft "Soyuz"  and Mir space station which are also used for cosmonauts training. At the end of your tour you can take a picture of the monument to Yuri Gagarin. It is tradition that all residents of the town come here to say good buy to cosmonauts before they fly.

 

The tour  of the Star city lasts about 2 hours, you will spend about 3 hours to get their and back. The visit to Star city must be planned in advance, it has to be booked at least 35 days in advance.

 

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