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  • Roscosmos Opens Admissions for Astronauts

    At the end of spring, the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities launched an open call for astronauts-to-be. As before, the selection is competition-based. The application deadline is June 1, 2020, which goes in line with Roscosmos’ plan to form a new team of astronauts by the end of 2020. Among the most sought-after specialists are physicians, engineers and pilots. What is also remarkable is that the competition commission wants the new team to be more gender-balanced, so women are actively encouraged to apply. The selection process will last for two years and result in 4-6 new astronauts joining the Roscosmos team. Read on to learn more about the competition and application process.


  • What to Do in St. Petersburg on Cosmonautics Day

    Today, on April 12, Russia celebrates Cosmonautics Day. It was on this day in 1961 that Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture into outer space. In 2011, the United Nations even recognized it as the International Day of Human Space Flight! If you’re fascinated by space travel, our galaxy, and the mysteries of the Universe, today’s your day. Here’s a handy list of places and events to check out on this wonderful holiday and in the coming month:


  • ITMO Graduate Anastasia Svarovskaya on Promoting Space Science

    This year, Anastasia Svarovskaya graduated from Russia's first Master's program in science communication. During her studies, she visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Now, Anastasia conducts space-themed projects and writes for Russian and international magazines, as well as manages popular science communities in social networks. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she spoke about the issues of promoting space science in Russia.


  • Break Down to Atoms: Why It’s So Hard to Become an Astronaut in Russia

    How much do astronauts earn? How long are their vacations? What exams do they have to take? Speakers of the Break Down to Atoms talk show answered these and other questions during its 12th session that coincided with the start of the World Space Week. Alexander Khokhlov, a design engineer at the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, spoke about the requirements for becoming an astronaut. ITMO.NEWS put down the highlights.


  • Houston, We Have a Problem: the Dangerous Subtleties of Space Flights

    It may seem that in our technologically advanced age of artificial intelligence and kid hackers, space flights have become a routine and safe activity with perfectly played-out procedures and unfailing equipment. But in reality, even the smallest of glitches can put the astronauts’ lives in peril, which makes space missions even more risky since you can never fully factor in all the possible hazards. In his open lecture at the St. Petersburg Lermontov Library, Alexander Khokhlov, an astronautics popularizer and design engineer at the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, talked about different predicaments that could happen (and really happened) during space flights. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of his speech.