Happy football fans at FIFA Confederations CupSport June 26, 16:55
Russia launches serial production of upgraded rockets for anti-submarine warfare systemMilitary & Defense June 26, 16:27
Russian female team wins World Chess Championship for first timeSport June 26, 16:19
Vietnamese president plans to discuss ways to boost cooperation with Russian authoritiesWorld June 26, 16:10
Telegram founder warns weaker encryption in messenger apps may disrupt national securityBusiness & Economy June 26, 15:22
No cases of racism at FIFA Confederations Cup — Nigerian fanSport June 26, 14:56
Kremlin comments on dispute between Telegram founder and telecom watchdogRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 26, 14:27
Diplomat notes possible exodus of Russia’s envoy to US not spur-of-the-moment moveRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 26, 14:15
Russia to feature advanced torpedo at St. Petersburg naval showMilitary & Defense June 26, 14:07
OMSK, October 3 (Itar-Tass) - The Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) has declared the results of the first-ever open cosmonauts selection contest at the Xth International Exhibition of High-Tech and Armaments “VTTV-Omsk-2013”. Oleg Gordienko, the deputy head of the Centre's science department, said eight persons aged 23 to 33 had been selected. Half of them have a background in the aerospace industry.
“Last year we announced Russia's first-ever open recruitment contest. We have received a large number of applications from young people employed both in the aerospace industry and other branches of the economy. We have chosen eight - seven young men and one young lady,” Gordienko said.
Future cosmonauts have already started getting ready for future missions. They have experienced weightlessness aboard the special plane Il-76 MDK and practiced survival skills in winter time.
“Training for survival in winter conditions is essential, for there is still a risk of landing far away from the designated area,” Gordienko said. Another open recruitment contest for those eager to go in space some day will be announced soon, he added.
The requirements are very strict. The candidates - young people of 23 to 33 years of age - are expected to have perfect health and a higher education.