Star City Moscow - Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Star City - Cosmonaut Training Center

    Cosmonaut Training Center Yu.A. Gagarina is a modern research, laboratory simulator and flight base, in which to this day real preparation of astronauts for space flights is carried out.

    Space and everything connected with it has fascinated our compatriots for many years, causing a lot of questions and conjectures. Today you have the opportunity to personally visit the birthplace of Russian cosmonautics in order to familiarize yourself with its legendary history. A sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the closed territory of Star City, where you will receive information on how astronauts are selected and prepared for flight into space, you can examine their equipment in detail and find out what it consists of. They will tell you about the difficulties and interesting nuances that arise during take-off and landing, as well as throughout the flight.

What is included in the tour price:

  • Transfer (pick up/drop off service)
  • Interpreter (English)
  • Tour of the technical sector of the CPC
    – Visit to the hall of the Soyuz Space ship
    you will see the simulators of the main spacecraft delivering astronauts to near-earth orbit, you will learn what exercises the future astronauts will practice on these simulators.
    – Visit to the hall of the space station “MIR”
    a story with a full-size model of a space station, the first station of a modular type, operating in space from 1986 to 2001, and flooded in the Pacific Ocean.
    – Visiting the ISS Russian Segment
    you will learn about the purpose of the various modules of the ISS international space station and get acquainted with the device of the Russian modules, and their purpose.
  • The duration of the program is 1 hour 45 minutes.

Price of the Star City tour

up to 5 pax

28000 rub

We can arrange transfer by public transportation in this case the price will be 22000 rubles.*

The tour on weekend will cost more.*

Additional services

To visit centrifuge hall and training machine for open space - Vykhod-2.
up to 5 pax
4000 RUB

Space simulators of the Center for preparation of cosmonauts

       Cosmonauts are delivered to orbit and returned to Earth in Russia by Soyuz spacecraft of various modifications. CPC Yu.A. Gagarina has comprehensive and specialized simulators for these ships, which allow them to work out the crew’s actions at all stages of the flight: putting them into orbit, docking a ship with an orbital manned complex, orbital flight tasks, as well as returning the crew to Earth.

    Simulators are an important means of preparing astronauts for independent work in orbit. Cosmonauts carry out practical training for work at orbital stations at their full-size terrestrial counterparts. The main one is a hydrolaboratory. Here, in the conditions of unsupported space, the crews acquire and improve skills for performing operations outside the orbital station.

    At the present time, simulators of the ISS Russian segment are being deployed at the Center, and mixed Russian-American crews are already being trained on them.

    The CPC has a group of simulators simulating space flight factors: weightlessness, overload and space vacuum.

    During parabolic flights on the laboratory plane IL-76 MDK, astronauts acquire the skills to perform the most critical operations in real weightlessness. Experienced crews in one flight are able to complete up to 15 “slides” with simulations in each state of zero gravity for up to 30 seconds.

   Overloads are reproduced on the TsF-18 centrifuge, one of the largest in the world (rotation radius – 18m).

   Space planetarium – starry sky, as it appears to astronauts during an orbital flight at an altitude of 400 km.

Space planetarium


    The Star City Planetarium will help you learn a lot of interesting and informative information about stars, constellations, meteorites, and much more. There is a special astronautical complex in the planetarium, which projects about 9000 stars, allowing you to see the starry sky at an altitude of 400 kilometers above the Earth. This is just an amazing sight! It is as if the whole boundless cosmic universe opens up before you with its galaxies flickering with soft starry light.

    Today, the southern and northern starry hemispheres are being studied at the planetarium. Also, there is a real preparation of astronauts for flights into orbit. Future space heroes are studying the map of the starry sky in order to be able to freely navigate in space and determine their location in case of failure of navigation devices, if necessary. The astronautical functional-modeling stand projects the starry sky and simulates the flight dynamics for the spacecraft (manned spacecraft) with the movement of the constellations in the field of view of the windows and with real angular velocities. In addition, the stand creates the illusion of observing the stellar sphere outside the Earth’s atmosphere. This is how the crews are trained in orientation and navigation in outer space in conditions as close as possible to real flight conditions.

    If you want to plunge into the bewitching and wonderful world of the cosmic universe, a planetarium is what you need. After his visit, it will be enough to look at the night starry sky to recall the breathtaking cosmic views that opened up to you in Star City.

"Egress-2" simulator, ORLAN spacesuit


    The “Egress-2” simulator was put into operation in 2002. It consists of two training suits of the Orlan type, a device that ensures their weightlessness and movement in the working area due to the muscular efforts of astronauts, models of lock compartments, a computer system, a ground-based life support system, a system for modeling black and white conditions, as well as communication systems, television and medical control.

    The simulator allows astronauts to be trained at all stages of preparation for the following tasks:

-the study of the device, design and layout of spacesuits for extra-ship activities such as “Orlan”;
-preparation of the suit for use, its maintenance and repair;
-work in a spacesuit, management of its systems in normal modes and in emergency situations;
-management of a set of lock means when performing operations in the lock compartments in accordance with the required work sequences.



    Do you like the thrill of dizziness? Want to test yourself? Then the CF-18 centrifuge is at your service – a complex mechanism for modeling the overloads that astronauts experience when launching and landing a spacecraft. The scale of the centrifuge is staggering: its rotation radius is 18 meters, the power of the main engine is about 27 megawatts, and the mass of the rotating parts is 305 tons. The maximum overload that can be modeled in TsF-18 is 30 units, although a much smaller overload is used for real selection and training of astronauts – from 2 to 8 units. Throughout the test in a centrifuge, you are under the watchful eye of medical personnel, and if necessary, carry out two-way communication with them. Prior to the start of training in the medical training room, sensors are placed on you that will help to monitor your condition during the rotation of the CF-18. In addition, you have in your hands a special button that should be held pressed. If you let it go, the test stops immediately and you are immediately pulled out of the centrifuge’s cab. Training the TsF-18 Centrifuge is a surefire way to test your own abilities, to check what you are capable of. In a centrifuge, you feel what real astronauts feel in numerous trainings and when flying in a real spaceship. This is an unforgettable experience!

Suit "Sokol"


    The space suit is an integral part of the astronaut’s equipment for flight into orbit, on which his life and health largely depend.
    This service involves trying on a Sokol spacesuit in the Central Park named after Yu.A. Gagarin.
    You have a unique chance to learn how to correctly put on and take off the Sokol spacesuit, independently carry out the sealing process, and also manage the spacesuit systems. Sokol is a Soviet and Russian protective space suit, which since 1973 has been used by astronauts during take-off and landing of a spacecraft, because it is precisely at these sections of the flight that the risk of depressurization is greatest. In any emergency situation that arose on a spaceship, the astronaut puts on the Sokol .

    This spacesuit is not intended for access to outer space – it is lightweight, its weight does not exceed ten kilograms. For comparison: the spacesuit that astronauts use when entering outer space weighs more than a hundred kilograms. Interestingly, each space suit is individual – it is made according to the exact parameters of the astronaut who will wear it. Even in order to make one glove of the Sokol, a plaster cast is made from the hand. Few people have experience handling a real space suit, which today is used by real astronauts when flying into orbit.

     In the course of an exciting program, you gain not only theoretical knowledge of handling the spacesuit, but also yourself verify its properties in action. The Falcon spacesuit training is a great pastime for you and your family, which will leave many pleasant memories, as well as decorate your home archive with unique photographs where you are captured in a real space suit.

TDK-7ST3, TDK-7ST4 simulators


    TDK-7ST3 and TDK-7ST4 simulators are designed to train crews for piloting Soyuz-TMA spacecraft at all flight stages, including:

  • prelaunch preparation of the transport vehicle;
  • orbital ascent;
  • orbital maneuvering;
  • rendezvous, final approach and docking, flight in mated configuration with ISS;
  • undocking from the ISS;
  • de-orbiting;
  • landing and final operations carrying out.

    Each TDK-7ST simulator represents a complex close-to-real simulator, built using full-size mock-ups of habitable compartments of the transport manned spacecraft Soyuz. The simulator provides realistic simulation of operation of all necessary on-board systems and motion of the vehicle as well as a comprehensive visual model of the outside situation, which can be observed through optical and television monitoring assets of the descent module.

Don-Soyuz TMA special-purpose simulators


    The special purpose simulators of the Soyuz vehicle rendezvous and docking (Don-Soyuz TMA and Don-Soyuz TMA2) are aimed at acquiring and practicing cosmonaut skills in controlling transport spacecraft and its systems while rendezvous, berthing, flying-around, docking and undocking as well as exercising emergency evacuation of ISS crew aboard two vehicles simultaneously (simulators work together). Crews may monitor the situation outside the vehicle through all optical and television monitoring assets while training in Don-Soyuz simulators, including a blister illuminator of a habitation module for the purpose of training flight-engineer to work with the detachable equipment during simulating far phase of manual rendezvous with ISS.

Space food

Star City

    Do you want to know how and what astronauts eat in orbit?

    You have the opportunity not only to learn, but also to taste the food of astronauts yourself and learn how to cook it using a special simulator.
Space food differs significantly from our usual terrestrial food, and above all, in that it has a special preparation and, of course, a special packaging. You have the opportunity not only to learn, but also to taste the food of astronauts yourself and learn how to cook it with the help of a special simulator, which is part of the technical equipment for training astronauts on life support systems (coolants) of the ISS Russian segment. It is intended for training astronauts on the use of cooking facilities and the rational use of space food products on board the orbital complex.

    Just imagine how much more difficult it is for astronauts to carry out seemingly ordinary everyday actions! They are in constant weightlessness! And even a lunch for the astronauts is a whole action, where they apply the skills gained during training in the CPC.

The ISS Russian Segment simulator


    The Cosmonaut Training Center presents both a living story in the form of a full-size model of the Mir orbital station, which was in orbit from 1986 to 2001, and the present of our cosmonautics – the current simulator of the ISS Russian Segment, which will introduce you to the station’s structure and allow you to learn a lot of new and interesting things about the life and work of astronauts in orbit.
Surely many of you have heard about the International Space Station, that it flies around the Earth and cosmonauts live in it during their long space missions.

    To learn first-hand about how the astronauts actually live and work on the ISS, to study the internal structure of the station is an interesting and extraordinary experience that can be obtained at the Cosmonaut Training Center.

    Before flying into space, astronauts must spend hours practicing the skills acquired during theoretical exercises in practice. That is why all the simulators of the Cosmonaut Training Center are made on a full-scale scale and practically do not differ from the original. And this means that you will see an exact copy of the ISS Russian segment, and you can study it not only outside but also inside! It has everything the astronauts need for life and work in space: the station control center, a huge number of different systems that ensure the station’s work, a space table for preparing and receiving food, astronaut cabins, and even a space toilet.
Having chosen a lesson on the ISS RS integrated simulator, you can feel yourself on board a real International Space Station and study the designs and layouts of its Russian segment. It is designed to prepare space crews for the entire flight program on board the ISS. The Zvezda service module is the basis of the ISS Russian segment. It provides the activities of a crew of up to six people and the management of the station with regularly changing configuration. At the stage of deployment of the ISS, it is the basic module of the entire station, the main place for the life and work of the crew. This is the most complex and hardware-rich Russian module of the ISS.

   It is here that the astronauts pass complex exam training before heading to Baikonur and flying into space.

   Become a member of the “space flight” aboard the International Space Station!

Price of the space simulators

Space planetarium
up to 18 pax
42000 RUB
"Egress-2" simulator, ORLAN spacesuit
up to 2 pax
110000 RUB
Centrifuge simulator Ts-18
1 rotation
100000 RUB
Centrifuge simulator Ts-7
1 rotation
80000 RUB
Suit "Sokol"
1 pax
22000 RUB
TDK-7ST3, TDK-7ST4 simulators
up to 2 pax
75000 RUB
Don-Soyuz TMA simulator
0.5 hour
50000 RUB
Space food simulator
up to 12 pax
70000 RUB
The ISS Russian Segment simulator
0.5 hour
90000 RUB
Survival training (A practical lesson on the basics of astronaut survival after a forced landing in a wooded area.)
up to 30 pax
200000 RUB
Health check-up for space flight
1 person
3500 RUB
Practical lesson inside the basic module of Mir space station
up to 12 pax
20000 RUB
Various lectures on space topics
up to 40 pax
20000 RUB
Virtual Soyuz spacecraft manual docking simulator
up to 12 pax
30000 RUB

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