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The Death of Kosmograd

Posted by on Sep. 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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Buran launchpad

Baikonour is dying.

"Kosmograd was a dream, Colonel. A dream that failed. Like space. We have no need to be here. We have an entire world to put in order."

William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Red Star, Winter Orbit

Starting with the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet Union used the Baikonour Cosmodrome, originally known as Kosmograd, as the launch site of virtually all of their space missions. (A few were launched from the former missile base at Plesetsk, and also Dombarovsky). Originally Baikonour was so secret that it appeared on no maps, and it was the objective of US U2 spy mission when Gary Powers was shot down in 1960.

CONTINUED

by on Sep. 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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EbonySnow
by Desiree on Sep. 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

 such a large complex wonder how long it will be before the area is reused

Ladyisis
by on Sep. 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Wow! Thanks for sharing. I wonder what how the would reuse the area and what they could possible build on it instead.

sarahjz
by Platinum Member on Sep. 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Interesting.  TFS.

Kmakksmom
by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Interesting!

MichelleK41
by Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Wow interesting, TFS.

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