April 1, 2011 10:40 pm

Where it all began: Star City

Famous yet highly secretive, this is the facility near Moscow where Soviet cosmonauts have trained since the 1960s. Yuri Gagarin did so – as did Sergei Krikalev, who was made director in 2009.

A sculpture in front of an office building in Star City

A futurist statue of Yuri Gagarin flying through a ring, one of many tributes to the Russian cosmonaut on display at Star City

An interior of a replica of Mir Station

The interior of a replica of the Mir space station

Rows of seats at Star City’s visitor centre

Star City’s visitor centre – the facility now hosts the occasional open day

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