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Wolf and Thomas examine the Cocult experiment.

Thomas on Training

U.S. Mir astronauts trained for their missions in Russia. Andy Thomas talks about the training, in his Oral History.

Thomas says, "It was actually a fascinating experience. The training all takes place in what they call the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, which is in a small town called Star City . . . about an hour outside of Moscow. It was fascinating to go there, because there's so much history there of . . . the Russian space program. It was just fascinating, being involved in it.

He says that the training "was hard work, though, because all the training . . . was all in Russian, so I had to spend a lot of time learning . . . Russian so that I could understand the instructors . . .

"And then I had to do exams -- oral exams -- to a board of instructors, in Russian, on these systems, and I can tell you, that was a lot of work. That was a big undertaking to do that all in a year to prepare for flight on this vehicle. [And] I did it. I don't know how I did it, but I did it."

Related Links:
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Training of Astronauts in Russia
Thomas Increment
Profile: Andy Thomas
Andy Thomas Oral History (PDF)


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