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June 16, 2019

On June 16, 1963, the world's first female cosmonaut made a solo flight into space. Valentina Tereshkova performed her flight on the "Vostok-6" spacecraft. The first "Chayka" of the Soviet cosmonautics (Sergey Korolev invented this call sign) is still the only woman on our planet, who has made a solo space flight.

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May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019 marks the 85th anniversary of the famous Soviet cosmonaut № 11, the first man in the world, who step into open space - Alexey Leonov. On March 18-19, 1965 together with cosmonaut Pavel Belyaev, Alexey Leonov made a legendary flight, during which he performed the first spacewalk in the history of cosmonautics with a duration of 12 minutes 9 seconds. From RussianSpaceNews.com team we also wish all the best to Alexey Leonov!

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May 24, 2019

The ceremony of presenting of State awards of the Russian Federation took place on May 23 in the Catherine Hall of the Kremlin. The govermental awards were presented for Russian cosmonauts Fedor Yurchikhin (who made five expeditions to the ISS and nine spacewalks), Andrey Borisenko and Oleg Novitsky (who performed two space flights each).

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April 19, 2019

This year is a year of remarkable space anniversaries. And the main one is 85 years since the birth of the first cosmonaut of the Earth, Yuri Gagarin, celebrated in March. Having completed the flight, the descent module with Yuri Gagarin landed in the Saratov region. From that region on the Volga river, the first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova brought as a gift to GCTC the tree seedlings. And on April 18 Valentina Tereshkova with a cosmonauts, the management and staff of the Center, planted this tree seedlings on the alley near the monument, where the ceremonial farewell of the crews usually take place. Valentina Tereshkova suggested to make traditional planting of trees not only at Baikonur, but also at the GCTC. This will be not only as a honour to the name of Yuri Gagarin, but will also bring real benefits to the nature of Star City.

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April 12, 2019

On the 12th of April the spaceship «Vostok-1» was launched into space with Yuri Gagarin on board and after orbiting our planet successfully returned to the Earth. It was 108 minutes that changed the world! From RussianSpaceNews.com team we congratulates all professionals of space industry and just the fans of the cosmonautics with this main holiday!

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March 28, 2019

Every year, on March 27, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and Star City pay tribute to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, pilot-cosmonauts, Colonel Yuri Gagarin and military pilot, 1st class test pilot, Colonel Vladimir Seregin. On this day in 1968, a MiG-15 UTI fighter crashed near the village of Novoselovo, Vladimir region, Russia, killing Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Seregin. Traditionally, on the Day of Memory of Gagarin and Seregin, on March 27, family members, cosmonauts, veterans and Center staff take part in a number of events.

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March 18, 2019

On March 18, 1965, at 10 am (Moscow time), the "Voskhod-2" spacecraft with a crew (Pavel Belyaev and Alexey Leonov) was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome. At 11:35 am Alexey Leonov was the first in the world to leave the ship and made a step in to open space. Alexey Leonov's name is forever included in the history of world space exploration. The spacewalk, made by him, was, is and will be a significant milestone in the history of the conquest of the open space.

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March 6, 2019

Valentina Tereshkova - the world's first female cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union, professor of the Air Force Engineering Academy, Major -General of Aviation, celebrates her birthday today. Valentina Tereshkova (call sign - “Chaika”) made her space flight on June 16-19, 1963 as commander of the "Vostok-6" spacecraft according to the group flight program with the "Vostok-5" spacecraft, piloted by Valery Bykovsky. Now Valentina Tereshkova is the member of the State Parliament of Russia, deputy chairman of the Parliament committee of federal structure and local government issues. RussianSpaceNews.com team sincerely congratulates "Chaika" with her birthday!

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February 4, 2019

A quarter of a century ago, on February 3, 1994, the "Discovery" shuttle was launched under the STS-60 program. It is significant, because for the first time a Russian cosmonaut flew on an American spacecraft. It was Sergey Krikalev, for whom STS-60 was the third expedition in his career. The flight duration was 8 days 7 hours. STS-60 went down in history as the first joint Russian-American launch.

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January 15, 2019

On January 16, 1969 cosmonauts Boris Volynov (call name "Baikal-1") and Vladimir Shatalov (call name "Amur-1") docked two spacecrafts "Soyuz-5" and "Soyuz-4". For the first time, manual approach and docking of spaceships were carried out, thus, for the first time in the world, an experimental space station was created, the transition through the open space of cosmonauts was carried out.

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