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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Space Cadets Get Academy

ST. PETERSBURG -- Russia's troubled space program got a boost Thursday when President Boris Yeltsin established Russia's first military space academy.

The school is to open in St. Petersburg on Friday, the national holiday Space Day.

The academy will offer seven years of instruction in space-related and traditional studies for students age 14 and older, the president's office said.

To become cosmonauts, the students would have to go on to advanced pilots' or engineering schools, prove their worth as test pilots or spacecraft designers and be admitted to the cosmonauts' training center at Star City.