Roscosmos Moves Forward with Cosmonaut Selection

The crew of Soyuz MS-16: Russian cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin and with NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy. (Credit: Roscosmos)

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MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Roscosmos State Corporation has finished accepting applications for participation in an open competition for the selection of candidates for the cosmonaut corps of the Russian Federation, which was announced on June 3, 2019. 

Under the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, it was decided that applicants who submitted an incomplete set of documents for the competition until June 1, 2020 inclusive, will be able to participate in it by submitting the missing documents by the end of the current month.

Within the framework of the competition, from the moment of its beginning to May 31, 2020 inclusively, the competition commission accepted 1,404 applications.  Moreover, 156 applicants provided a full package of necessary documents, including 123 men and 33 women. 

During the extramural selection stage, which will last until June 30, 2020 inclusive, following the results of six meetings, the Competition Commission considered more than 90% of the applicants. 

At the time of publication of this message, 28 candidates (among them three women) have already received an invitation to the in-person selection stage.

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