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Zero Gravity

Star City, Cosmonaut training, zero-gravity, space, weightlessness, MiG-25, spaceExperience Zero-Gravity in the IL-76 MDK "Flying Laboratory" & A Visit inside Star City's Mission Control. Be prepared to fly and float about the cabin as your cosmonaut instructors help you perform a variety of floating maneuvers, including rolls, spins and somersaults. This is the same plane used by Russia to prepare cosmonauts from around the globe for space travel.

Star City, Cosmonaut training, zero-gravity, space, weightlessness, MiG-25, spaceThe IL-76 MDK is a specially modified cargo plane, used by the Russian Space Agency for zero-gravity training, and for the transporting of crew and equipment to shuttle launch sites. The IL-76 was designed for rapid transportation of large-size cargos and equipment in different geographical latitudes. It's many-wheeled chassis, powerful wing design and high-power capability allows it to take off and land in short distances. If necessary, it can easily takeoff from unprepared dirt airstrips.

What It's Like: Cosmonaut for a Day
~by adventure travel photographer Max Dereta

"I got the chance to find out how it [living on Mir] actually feels - in the zero-g simulator - a Russian IL-76 MDK aircraft better known as the Flying Laboratory. This plane goes up and makes a series of exotic parabolic maneuvers in the sky to simulate zero gravity for its occupants. Each one lasts approximately 25 seconds.

I go up with 11 others, eight men and three women, from Italy, Holland, Malaysia and the US. "Get ready", says a voice on the loudspeaker and suddenly invisible forces press us all to the floor. For a few seconds we feel twice as heavy as normal and then we all rise from the floor majestically, totally weightless. We float all over the airplane bouncing into each other, the walls and the ceiling. One woman pushes herself off the wall and then flies the length of the cabin, while another performs mid-air forward rolls...

"Twenty-five seconds. Get down!" Abruptly, the zero-g ends and we all tumble to the floor. The maneuver is repeated 10 times before we return to Chalovsk airport. The total time we've spent in zero gravity was just under four minutes, but every second was an adrenaline rush."

Note: This adventure requires one full day and certification of good health.

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