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Putin Considers Holiday Get Away In Space

And your training starts here.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Apr 13, 2006
Russian President Vladimir Putin got an idea for really getting away from it all Wednesday -- in space. The invitation to swap his suit and tie for a spacesuit came from the Russian commander of the International Space Station (ISS), Pavel Vinogradov, in a live link-up with Putin in the Kremlin.

"We invite you to be a guest," Vinogradov said, RIA-Novosti news agency reported. "You have already been on a submarine, a strategic bomber. You know your way around an Su-27 (fighter). But you have not yet been on the space station."

Putin smiled. "Only if it's on holiday."

Source: Agence France-Presse

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