[FPSPACE] Reuters: Cosmonauts to enjoy sun, sand and sangria
Thu, 3 Aug 2000 13:22:46 EDT
Cosmonauts to enjoy sun, sand and sangria
MADRID, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Russian cosmonauts who endure marathon missions in
space can now look forward to sun, sand and sangria when they get back to
Under an agreement signed on Thursday, cosmonauts returning from the Spartan
conditions of the Mir space station will be able to recover with a three-week
all expenses paid trip to Spain's Canary Islands.
Extended exposure to the weightlessness of space requires an adjustment
period back on Earth that calls for a combination of rest, exercise and
adaptation to terrestrial living.
``Crews will rehabilitate in the sports, health and hotel facilities in the
Canaries,'' Juan Carlos Becerra, tourist secretary for the islands, said by
telephone from Moscow, where the deal was signed with the Russian Institute
of Biological Medicine.
Local authorities took the initiative last year, inviting cosmonaut Sergei
Avdeyev to the popular holiday islands off Africa's northwestern coast after
he spent 389 days aboard Mir, Becerra said.
That led to further talks. The first Russian crew is expected in October.
Russian authorities will pay the costs and the Canary Islands government will
handle the logistics.