One of the most thrilling moments in history took place on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong took the most famous step forward in space exploration and declared it, “One small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind!”
Eight years before that fateful day when President John F. Kennedy had announced that man had landed on the moon, a Russian cosmonaut named Juri Gagarin became the first man to make it into space and to orbit the earth.
On April 12, 1961, whistling the famous tune, “The Motherland Hears, The Motherland Knows,” Gagarin spent nearly two hours in space flight and was promoted from Lieutenant to Major. The era of space travel was upon us!
Now, it’s your turn to step into history and to experience what great men like Armstrong and Gagarin did! With this adventure, you will be able to count yourself among one of the first official “space tourists” in the world; a person who has experienced what few will ever know: What it’s like to train side-by-side with Russian Cosmonauts and then to venture into space!
Your journey begins in Star City, Russia – just 27 miles northeast of Moscow. There you will train next to international astronauts and cosmonaut crews, as they prepare for their quest to conquer the universe! Once you make it through the training, the next step is out to the great beyond!
How much does the “ultimate adventure” cost?
How does one put a price on such a thing?
The complete cost varies, according to the details of your exact mission profile. Is it a space walk you’re looking for; a trek out into the universe? Do you have your purpose for going – perhaps a space experiment you wish to conduct? Depending on your use, the rate for this tour-de-space is between 28 to 32 million Euro. Rates also can vary slightly due to specific negotiations with the Russian Space Agency (Rocosmos).
So far, only seven your fellow men and one woman have dared to reach out into the cosmos on this unbelievable journey: the ultimate Space Travellers! The first was Dennis Tito, who made his way into space in April 2001, to become the first “tourist” to dock at the International Space Station (ISS). The second was South African millionaire Mark Shuttleworth, who blasted off the following April (2002), just for the ride! Then, in October 2005, Dr Greg Olsen became the third Astro tourist to make what he referred to as,”…a life-changing voyage.” Followed up by the first female space tourist in Space, Anushe Ansari in September 2006. Next was Charles Simonyi in 2007 and Richard Garriot in 2008. Charles Simonyi did it a 2nd time in April 2009. The last one was so far co-founder of 'Cirque du Soleil' Guy Laliberté in September 2009. All of these men and women were fortunate enough to have the financial resources to make their dream a reality. Other Space Travellers will follow, and our professional service will be second to none.
This unique and rare opportunity can be yours too if you have the drive and the dinero to become the next tourist in space!
There are four key criteria for making the trip:
Step One: You must prove medical suitability for the journey
Step Two: You must take theoretical lessons, attend lectures, and pass hands-on simulator training.
Step Three: You must assimilate and become an active member of the cosmonaut team.
Step Four: You must complete active mission training with your fellow crew members (a minimum of 6 months – or 900 hours).
To start with, you pay only for the mission training and participation, and for any other services that are conducive to the training. If for some reason, you are unable to participate in the complete training experience, or if you are unable to be certified due to medical conditions determined by our highly-qualified flight surgeons, we will refund the unused portion of your fees to you.
To help you to decide if our space program fits you, we have comprised a list of the essential training elements:
First, you will undergo one of the most thorough medical examinations of your life, conducted by our trained physicians at Moscow’s Institute of Medical and Biological Problems. The IMBP was founded in 1963 and is responsible for the medical examination and testing of the cosmonauts, and they provide support during all of the space missions. Testing takes place over a ten-day period to ensure you are at maximum health. Some parts will hold in addition to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
Next, you will spend 16 days under scientific and medical observation during the following tests:
Atmospheric pressure tests in a specially designed pressure chamber.
Hands-on “Station-training” in the simulators at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), including time in the Soyuz flight simulator and Soyuz docking simulator.
A “Space Walk” in the Orlan DMA Space Suit in the Hydrolab.
Centrifuge training (between 3 – 4 G’s, and overload test at 8 G’s)
Your Zero Gravity flight on board an Ilyushin 76 MDK
Orlan Space Suit Training
“Edge of Space Flight” aboard a high-performance fighter jet MiG–29 (supersonic flight at Mach 2, with altitudes up to 74,000ft)
Most of these training opportunities will take place in Moscow, at the Sokol-building plant at Nizhny Novgorod and outside of Moscow at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), with the remainder at the legendary Star City.
The above-mentioned complete testing/adventure package, including jet flights, accommodations, lodging, a chartered zero gravity flight, V.I.P. service, transportation, and translators starts at 180.000 Euro ($230,000 USD), depending on what you want your adventure to entail, and what accommodations you choose. If you decide only, to begin with, the medical exam, the cost is significantly less.
While it is impossible to guarantee whether or not you will qualify for the official cosmonaut training, we hope you are among the few that can complete the medical exam, training, and tests so that you might be able to fly with the famous cosmonauts to the International Space Station, and to orbit the earth. Regardless of how far you make it in your training, we do guarantee the process itself will be the experience of a lifetime, and one of the best adventures ever attempted by man. Your experience will become part of history, and you will achieve worldwide fame! Are you ready?
Organizer: Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC)/Star City - Russia/SPACE AFFAIRS
Travel dates and reservations are subject to change. Reservations to/from Moscow are subject to availability. (Our staff will contact you immediately if this occurs.)
If you have questions we can help you with, please don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable and helpful staff.
Come and train with the original teams for space missions, and we will see you in space!