Aspiring cosmonauts take part in endurance test
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Trainee cosmonauts stage forest crash for first test

8 February 2013 Last updated at 07:31 GMT

In 2012 Russia's space agency announced its first ever competition where anyone could apply to become a professional cosmonaut.

Now the successful candidates have been given their first real endurance test at the specialist cosmonaut training centre just outside Moscow.

Oleg Boldyrev reports from Star City near Moscow.