How much do we pay for tour?
Answer: Standard GCTC tour includes visiting of three main Yu. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center facilities:
a. Soyuz vehicle facility which houses two Soyuz and two rendezvous and docking trainers; Soyuz mission simulation control rooms;
b. Centrifuge facility;
c. Hydro Lab facility (close but different to NBL at JSC)
Total price – 85 USD per 1 person with a minimum participants number of 10; Standard tour lasts about 2 hours.
All training facilities are located within a 5-minute walk from each other.
Where do we meet our tour guide?
Answer: Your tour guide will meet you at Star City front gate.
Who will our tour guide be?
Answer: Your tour guide will be an English speaking man with 15-year experience in cosmonaut training.
How long does a tour last?
Answer: Standard tour lasts about 1.5-2 hours; Extended tour lasts about 2-2.5 hours.
How close will we be to trainers/mock-ups?
Answer: at 1-inch distance.
How do we get to Star City/Yu. Gagarin cosmonaut training Center?
Answer: We can set up a trasfer for you (extra charge) or you can take a suburban train to get to Star City. Cosmonaut training center is located within 15-minute walk from the train station.
Where do we eat there?
Answer: No lunch provided. We also can set up a lunch with traditional set of Russian food (salads, soups, rice, potato, meet, etc,) for extra charge about 600 RUB per one person. We can order pizza (really good one) and a soda too.
How many people are allowed to get a tour at one time?
Answer: No limitation on number of participants. Take as many of your friends and family members as you wish.
What if our group is less than 10 people?
Answer: In this case you will have to pay for 10 people.
How old should children be to participate in a tour?
Answer: It's recommended that children be no under 11. In some cases we allow 9-year old children but not less.
Do we need to take our IDs/passports with us?
Answer: It's recommended that you take your IDs with you but it is not a must.
Are we allowed to take pictures of mock-ups/inside training facilities or inside mock-ups?
Answer: Yes, everywhere but inside trainers or mock-ups.
Will we be allowed to go inside trainers/mock-ups and switch toggles and controls there?
Answer: No. Usually not but if you really need to go inside RS ISS mock-up or other mock-ups - we can do that for additional cost.
How long does it take to get to Star City/Yu. Gagarin cosmonaut training Center?
Answer: It takes 1.5 hour by bus (or car) to get to Star City from Moscow and 1 hour 10 minutes by suburban train.
Will our hand carry bags be searched at the gate?
How far are training facilities located from each other?
Answer: All training facilities are located within 5-minute walk from each other.
What language does a tour go in?
Answer: English language. Our tour guides conduct excursions in English language so that we do not hire interpreters.
Do we have to pay extra fee for interpretation from Russian in to English language during a tour?
Answer: No. You do not have to pay for interpretation since our tour guides run tours in English language.
Is there a gift shop to buy some stuff?
Answer: Yes, there is a gift shop where you can buy pretty cool crew training related stuff.
What else besides training facilities can we see in Star City?
Answer: Yu. Gagarin Museum with its 4 Halls, local Star City 13-dome Church, Yu. Gagarin stature, alley of cosmonauts.
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Answer: Yes. Your information is protected. We comply with Russian Federal Law #152-ФЗ dated 27 July 2006 "About personal data protection".