Cosmonaut held in Tula space debate

On cosmonautics Day, the students gathered in the TSU to discuss the most interesting “star” questions.

On the agenda of these debates were three interesting topics: “Space tourism” “Space debris” and “give a star from the sky”. All the “pros” and “cons” emotionally discussed two teams from the main universities: the University and the Tomsk state pedagogical University.

Leading the debate was inhabitant of Tula Sergey Zaletin, pilot-cosmonaut and hero of Russia. At the beginning of the meeting, he noted that the conquest of space means a lot to the Tula region:

Of the 85 regions of our country was only 120 astronauts and four of them – from the Tula region: Yevgeny Khrunov, Valery Polyakov, Nikolai Tikhonov and me. Tikhonov is the youngest of us, and in flight he is only going two years later.

I noticed an interesting pattern: Polyakov 71 years old, I’m 51, 31 Tikhonov, probably, somewhere on the Tula earth future astronaut growing up, by my calculations, he should now be 11 years old. Continue reading

Space tourism

“Look at the Earth from space” — many believe this is his dream, and I want to say that it is real. For this you will need some kind of billion. And before you the most exclusive in the world tour. Of course, tours offer only a couple of times a year and extensive training is needed, but in any case should not stop the applicant unreal adventures.

So, let’s go directly on the tour:

Space tourists go to the destination to the manned Soyuz spacecraft. Not to say that you will fly in comfort, but to the very door of the “hotel”. The flight will take approximately 6-7 hours, but the road back is shorter by almost 2 times.

Also there is another way – it is suborbital flights. You climb to a height of about 100 km 5-6 minutes of weightlessness and back to Earth. It’s not as interesting as a few days, for example, on the ISS, but still exciting and also much cheaper. The price hovers around one million rubles. Agree – it is significantly different from full-fledged space flight. Continue reading

Sergey Vinsky is planning a trip to the moon

Only three years left until that happy moment when the first space tourist from Earth will be in lunar orbit. To launch travelers into space will be from Baikonur.

The British company “Excalibur Almaz” announced at the meeting in London of the European conference on space tourism, a detailed plan of the tour to the moon. In 2015 the first space tourists “Excalibur” will be transported to the launch vehicle “Soyuz-FG” from Baikonur first on earth space station and then a lunar orbit. There are travelers from a distance of 1000 kilometers will be able to look at the dark side of earth’s satellite. All the journey will take eight months.

But flight preparation begins long before the start. The tourists intending to explore the moon at close range, will not only have to pay for a ticket $ 150 million, but also undergo special training. I will not fly professional astronauts to control the spacecraft have their own.

Interestingly, to launch tourists to the moon “Excalibur Almaz” will be the good old Soviet engineering. The company bought in Russia four used capsules and two space stations “Almaz”. Each capsule is placed three tourist, and to use it 15 time. So “Excalibur Almaz” will be able to send to the moon 180 space tourists, and then, suddenly, a new ship will come up, or will buy in Russia more of the older capsules. Continue reading

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