Star City

Originated as a secret Air Force facility, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center has become Russia’s only “school of cosmonauts” and one of the most enduring symbols of the nation’s quest beyond Earth. Cleverly hidden in the evergreen woods northeast of Moscow, just meters away from a quiet Tsiolkovskaya railroad station on the Yaroslavl Railroad, the center was identified in the Soviet press as Zvezdny Gorodok, translated as Star City or Starry Town