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Four newly minted cosmonauts joined the ranks today. Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, Denis Matveyev, Sergei Prokopyev and Ivan Vagner passed their exams and have been promoted from cosmonaut candidate to test cosmonaut. Three others: Andrei Babkin, Aleksei Khomenchuk and Svyatoslav Morozov have to re-complete some training to be promoted. The panel consisted of Vladimir Solovyov, director of Mission Control Moscow; Sergei Krikalev, head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre; and Vladimir Mitin, Roscosmos deputy head of the manned space program.


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Chronicling the adventures of Soviet and Russian cosmonauts

(and unmanned programs too!)