Ksenia Birykova INSTRUCTOR OF THE INTEGRATED TRAINING FOR THE RUSSIAN SEGMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
INSTITUTION YURI GAGARIN COSMONAUT TRAINING CENTRE MOSCOW, RUSSIA
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NATIONALITY RUSSIAN

MY MISSION

I work for the Gagarin cosmonaut training centre. I work as instructor for the crew training them to prepare for work on the Russian segment of the International Space Station. The instructor’s responsibility is to lead or train the crew from the very beginning, from when the crew starts training, to the launch. This includes lectures and practical training. We give them lectures on emergency procedures, what action the crew should take in case off nominal situations. We perform practical training on emergency procedures and also on routine procedures which the crew carries out on a daily basis at the station. At the end of the training period we have an evaluation exam. Then we support the crew in their pre-launch activities in Baikonaur, where we perform additional training classes for them on the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

MY PATH TO SPACE

I was born into a family of engineers. My parents graduated form Kharkov aviation institute. They dreamed of working in aviation or in the space industry, but sadly it didn’t work out. So they ended up working as engineers in a factory unrelated to aviation or cosmonautics. In our family, April 12th is a holiday, a day we always celebrate. And it is a day we celebrate what our mum and dad have done for us. April 12th is Cosmonautics and Aviation Day, which is celebrated in Russia. It is the day when Yuri Gagarin flew in to space for the first time. And because of that when I thought of my future career, I had no doubts at all. I dreamed of becoming an engineer, I wanted a technical education. But unfortunately, because we lived far away from the space and aviation institute, I had to join a technical institute and do an engineering degree.

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