Astronaut Tim Peake successfully left Earth’s atmosphere at 11:03am this morning, 15 Dec 2015, to embark on his six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Tim and his crewmate Yuri Malenchenko, will be joining ISSET colleague and NASA’s Space Station Commander Scott Kelly at 17:23 on the ISS.
The road to space exploration has been a long one for Tim. Until May 2009 Tim served in the Army Air Corps flying Apache helicopters. Following this, he was accepted by the European Space Agency (ESA) as a British astronaut. Tim then went on to complete his first year of basic astronaut training.
Major Tim Peake, along with many astronauts and cosmonauts before him, proceeded to spend 6,000 hours of intense training at the Yuri Gagarin high-security Cosmonaut Training Complex in Star City near Moscow, Russia. His training included a wide range of experiences including; simulating g-loads, mission specific, suit training, medical observation and medical testing, and astronavigation. Incredibly, the centre is home to full-size mock ups of all major spacecraft developed since the Soviet era including the Soyuz (used today) and Buran Vehicles.
Tim also completed outdoor wilderness survival training, learning from Russia’s most highly regarded wilderness experts. It is essential that all astronauts and cosmonauts are equipped with team building, lifesaving and survival skills in case the Soyuz Capsule lands off target upon re-entry to Earth.
ISSET are now offering YOU the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of astronaut Tim Peake and experience what it’s like to train like a cosmonaut!
“There’s a fun side to space and what we do and the educational programmes we run, but when it comes to actually getting into a Soyuz rocket – and the operational tasks that we have to peform – you need to be focused and serious.” – Astronaut Tim Peake
Spend the week with British born, 6 times record-breaking astronaut Michael Foale, at the Yuri Gagarin high-security Cosmonaut Training Complex in Star City from 26th March – 1st April, 2016.
- Learn from Tim’s instructors on the same equipment which he spent the last two years training on.
- Sit in the cockpit of Russia’s ‘Buran’ Space Shuttle experiencing what it’s like to be a cosmonaut.
- Try on one of the retired Sokol Space Suits worn by cosmonauts in space.
- Test your pilot skills and see whether you could dock the Soyuz Rocket to the ISS.
- Challenge your leadership skills in Star City’s Wilderness Survival Training, a key factor in any cosmonaut and astronaut training.
“This experience has been life-changing and will stay with us for the rest of our lives.” – David Casson, past participant from Kent, UK
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