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Tuesday was another packed day! We started with a great meeting at Star City’s HAM shack, as it’s known here. There we met with Vladimir Zagaynov (ham call sign UA3DKR) and Valentine Kryukov, of club RK3DZB. They have plans for orbital ham activities that are…

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This has been my best week yet, with loads of interesting activities. Here are the pick of the highlights:   On Monday, Nik and I donned our new suits to be formally introduced to the GCTC training staff in Star City’s “White Hall”. Formalities included…

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This week, NASA and Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) have been conducting winter survival training, and so every couple nights, the NASA folks would have a dinner to welcome the most recent returnees back from their campout in the snow. It was fun to…

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I had my second day of Russian classes on Friday, where I met my other teacher. Having two teachers will give me the chance to learn from two different styles of teaching and pronunciation, as well as their personal perspectives. My second day of physical…

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11 Feb / Homework!

I started Russian classes today, writing down all the Russian words I could remember before I went. My list numbered less than a hundred, though that was more than I had expected. When I arrived at class and met Marina, one of my two instructors,…

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