Russia has been forced to extend the application period for those who wish to become cosmonauts due to of a lack of response.


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Russia has been forced to extend the application period for those who wish to become cosmonauts due to of a lack of response.

Only 151 applicants responded to this first-ever open astronaut application process in Russia’s history. This contrasts badly with NASA’s recent application call, which received the second highest response ever, 6372 applicants.

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4 comments

  • Given the manned space flight capabilities of the two countries, I’d call that the definition of irony.

  • wade

    people are Not desperate to flee Russia

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Yeah, I guess that IS ironic ! ! On the other hand, with all the recent problems with Soyuz, maybe a fair % of the Russian people are a little nervous about possibly putting their lives on the line ! ! Of course, that hasn’t stopped U.S. (& other nations’) astronauts from buying rides, but maybe the Russians are even more distrustful of their own Gov’t than some of us are ! !

  • Joe2

    More likley it is the fact that this is ” first-ever open astronaut application process in Russia’s history”. They are simply not used to it.

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