#45 – Star City

For issue 45 Colors visited Star City, home of the late Yuri Gagarin, patron saint of the cosmos, and a 6,500 strong community of cosmonauts, space engineers, government officials and their families. This high-security military base, one hour from Moscow and 10 minutes by rocket from outer space, represents the heart of the Russian space program. It is here, in Star City, that Cosmonauts are put through their grueling seven-year training program in preparation for going into orbit. The place where all of the great firsts of space travel—first satellite, first living being (the dog Laika), first human, first woman and first space walk—were conceived.

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