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Celebrating 60 Years of Humans in Space with a New Tour

My mother, twin sister and me - on my first flying lesson

60 years ago today, humans left Earth for the first time. On 12th April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, achieved Godlike status when he orbited the earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes onboard the Vostok 1.

From outer space, borders vanish; and the conflicts that divide nations fade away. Space is our future. I’ve been fascinated with space my entire life. I had my first flying lesson when I was nine (that's me, my twin sister and my mother in the photo). Two decades later, I’m excited to combine two things I’m passionate about: art & space. Today, on Cosmonautics Day, we’re launching our next design-led sustainable and ethical tour, Stairway to the Stars

Soyuz rocket launch from Baikonur cosmodrome. Credit: Vera Larina

Stairway to the Stars celebrates 60 years of humans in space. It takes travellers “one small step” closer to the stars, granting them a rare and privileged glimpse inside the Russian space programme. Travellers can train like real cosmonauts, experience the exhilaration of weightlessness, and witness the raw power of a rocket launch up-close. Learn more

Comrade Kiev creates sustainable, ethical, design-led tours to the most incredible places on earth. We’ve built close relationships with local guides, and will work with you to create an extraordinary trip which fits your budget, timeline and interests. Follow in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers, climb smoking volcanoes in the remote Far East, or cross the endless Gobi desert on camelback. We’ll take you there. We’ll get you closer. Get in touch to discuss your next adventure.

P.S. If you want to get even closer to the stars, and you have a spare £85M, I can facilitate a seat on a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. You would be the first ever civilian to conduct a spacewalk. Get in touch at stephane@comradekiev.com

Create, Invent, Try! | Russia | 1982£200.00
"We've Inspected the Sky Inside & Outside. No Gods or Angels Were Found" | Russia | 1964£1,500.00
12th April Cosmonauts Day | Russia | 1985£400.00
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