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Cosmonaut training. Cosmonaut undergoing spacewalk (extravehicular activity, EVA) training by a mock- up of the Mir space station in a water tank at Star City (Zvezdny Gorodok), Russia. Cosmonauts train to inspect, maintain and repair the hull of Mir in the tank. The diving suits simulate weightlessness by giving the cosmonauts neutral buoyancy in the water. The pool at Star City in 23 metres in diameter and 12 metres deep. Star City also features classrooms, laboratories, physical training facilities, centrifuges and thermal chambers.
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