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Roscosmos Sets Sights on Creating Female Crew of Cosmonauts

22 Jan 2019, 18:38 UTC
Roscosmos Sets Sights on Creating Female Crew of Cosmonauts
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Russia’s state-run space corporation, Roscosmos, is putting together a team of female cosmonauts to conduct flights into outer space, and a search for candidates will be launched among space experts, a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS on Monday."A full-fledged cosmonaut team consisting of young women who are specialists in the rocket and space field will be formed," the source said. The state corporation will take on the initiative to search for candidates itself rather than wait for them to sign up.The Orlan spacesuit used for spacewalks will be upgraded for women, he added. "Elements of an exoskeleton will be installed on the space suit to strengthen the operator’s hands when performing physically demanding work outside the spaceship, especially outside the International Space Station," the source said. An effort to create electric motors for Orlan’s hands is underway.The female crew will be also trained for future missions to the Moon, he noted.Roscosmos was planning to announce the creation of a female crew on Monday at the Cosmonaut Training Center on the outskirts of Moscow. On January 21, the center hosted a ceremony to meet the crew of ISS Expedition 55/56: Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, and NASA astronauts ...

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