When Arrow first began, it was reticent to show off its comic past—Oliver Queen was a snarly Batman-type, the Green Arrow became “The Hood” and “The Vigilante”, and Star City became Starling. But as the show increasingly embraces its roots, those things have changed (okay, not Ollie)—and now the city has too.
If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking.
Wired has a great feature on Richard Garriott, the father of MMORPG OG Ultima and the latest millionaire to get blasted up to the ISS as a paying tourist. More specifically, the grueling 8 months of training Garriott must first endure at Zvyozdny Gorodok, (Star City), a.k.a. Yuri's house, a.k.a. where space flight was…