National Geographic Traveler Selects MIR Corporation’s Russian Space Vacation as 2012 Tour of a Lifetime

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MIR Corporation's 10-day “Inside the Russian Space Program” tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler's “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”

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This special itinerary kicks off with a tour of Star City, the country’s Cape Canaveral, and an opportunity to participate in cosmonaut training at extra cost.

Having been born in 1960, I grew up during the “Space Race” and dreamed of being an astronaut. It has certainly been an honor for me to create a trip that offers such an intimate glimpse into Russia's rich and historical space program.

Award-winning Russia tour specialist, MIR Corporation, is thrilled to announce that its “Inside the Russian Space Program” tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 2012 “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” and is featured in the May 2012 issue as well as listed on a special Tours of a Lifetime landing page. The 10-day space vacation, offered only once in 2012, allows travelers to witness both the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station and the live docking of the Soyuz at Mission Control Center in Moscow. The trip runs $13,995 per person and is scheduled October 9-18, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.mircorp.com/tour_russianspace2012.asp, or call 800-424-7289.

Led by Dr. Steven Lee of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and MIR founder Douglas Grimes, this tour provides exclusive access and insight into Russia's Space Program. Space enthusiasts will not only witness the manned Soyuz launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and tour a mock-up of the International Space Station (ISS) at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, but for an extra fee, travelers can attend actual cosmonaut training, which can include a ride on the world's largest centrifuge, a zero gravity flight, or a chance to climb into a Russian Orlan space suit.

“We are elated to receive this honor from National Geographic Traveler,” said Grimes. “Having been born in 1960, I grew up during the “Space Race” and dreamed of being an astronaut. It has certainly been an honor for me to create a trip that offers such an intimate glimpse into Russia's rich and historical space program.”

For more information on the “Inside the Russian Space Program” tour, visit http://www.mircorp.com/tour_russianspace2012.asp, or call 800-424-7289.

About MIR Corporation
MIR Corporation, whose name means "peace" and "world" in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR's Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar, and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth," and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country.

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