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Roscosmos chief invites Belarus to select young woman to be trained for space flight

The Roscosmos chief hopes that in the first quarter of 2022 the Gagarin Space Training Center will be able to see a list of candidates with a view to sending a Belarusian cosmonaut on a space mission in 2023 or 2024
Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin
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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos hopes that Belarus will select a young woman to be trained for a space flight, the corporation’s CEO, Dmitry Rogozin, told the media on the sidelines of the EAEU’s business forum Space Integration on Friday.

"I have asked Belarus to select a young woman to keep our cosmonaut team in balance," Rogozin said, when asked when a Belarusian cosmonaut would begin to be trained for a space mission.

The Roscosmos chief hopes that in the first quarter of 2022 the Gagarin Space Training Center will be able to see a list of candidates with a view to sending a Belarusian cosmonaut on a space mission in 2023 or 2024.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State that Russia was ready to include a Belarusian cosmonaut in a future crew of the International Space Station. He said the issue had been discussed with top Roscosmos officials in Sochi.

A source in the Russian space industry told TASS on Thursday Roscosmos had offered to train a cosmonaut for Belarus over a period of two years.