Today, Saturday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia’s Star City, on the outskirts of Moscow.
His reception ceremony at the Gagarin Center was attended by the head of the Russian space corporation, “Ross Cosmos”, Yuri Borisov, the executive director of the manned space programs of the “Ross Cosmos” foundation, Sergey Krikalev, and the head of the Cosmonaut Training Center, Maxim Kharlamov, according to Russia Today.
Lukashenko is expected to learn about the center’s work and the system for selecting and training astronauts. He will also discuss future prospects for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of space.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, following his talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, confirmed Moscow’s intention to send a Belarusian astronaut to the International Space Station in 2023. For his part, the President of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, Vladimir Gusakov, said that the training of the Belarusian astronaut in Russia will end next September, He added, “A (Belarusian) girl should become the first astronaut for his country.
At the end of last September, the “Ross Cosmos” Foundation reported that a list of candidates for astronauts from Belarus had been formed, noting that the determination of the final astronaut and the alternative astronaut would take place after selection at the Cosmonaut Training Center, and on December 20, it said that 6 candidates from Belarus had arrived. To the training center in Russia.
The candidates are currently undergoing medical examinations, and based on their results, the medical committee will determine their suitability for space flights.
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