Changes in selection

A new draft document on the status of cosmonauts of the Russian Federation was completed which predicted a unified cosmonaut selection under the new Russian Space Agency (essentially a counterpart to America's NASA). This, it was hoped, would eliminate the need for special cosmonaut teams and open the way for a single, large team that could also include scientist-cosmonauts. However, on 9 February 1996, a new cosmonaut selection board approved candidates from the Air Force Military Space Forces and RKK Energiya. No mention was made of a unified team and no scientists were considered. Specialist teams continued to be permitted for some institutes but the RAN was not one of them, and no scientist has subsequently been named for cosmonaut training.

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