Among the stars

Russian institute plans all-female simulated moon mission

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The Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, Russia, will perform an eight-day lunar circumnavigation mission by the end of the year, an all-female test and flight called “Луна-2015” (Moon-2015). The simulated project will replicate an eight-day round trip to lunar orbit and return to Earth and is scheduled to begin on October 27. The six women involved are IBMP crew with scientific, medical and research backgrounds. According to, the group was “quick to emphasize that the project’s use of an all female crew does not signal a plan by the Russian Federal Space Agency … to select female cosmonauts for future lunar missions.”

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