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History Of Baikonur Cosmodrome Includes Many Firsts For Russian Space Program
2014-04-12 08:00:41

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty-three years ago today, the former Soviet Union launched the first human into space. Now, on this International Day of Human Spaceflight, which coincides with the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s famous leap into space, Russia celebrates the history of spaceflight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. According to a new infographic released by Portland Communications, Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the desert steppe of...

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2011-04-13 14:05:23

A spokesman for a New York City auction house said that a 1961 Soviet space capsule that carried a cosmonaut mannequin and a live dog into space was sold at Sotheby's on Tuesday for $2.9 million. David Redden of Sotheby's auction house said that the buyer of the Vostok 3KA-2 was Russian businessman Evgeny Yurchenko.  He said the total price included the buyer's premium. Redden said that Yurchenko planned to take the capsule back to his home country. "I hope that Vostok will take its...

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2011-04-11 14:25:00

"The feeling of weightlessness was somewhat unfamiliar compared with Earth conditions.  Here, you feel as if you were hanging in a horizontal position in straps.  You feel as if you are suspending." Those words were written by Yuri Gagarin as he reminisced from the perspective of being in space in a post-flight report after his historical voyage. On April 12 in 1961, Russian pilot Gagarin became the first human to leave this blue planet and embark on a journey to make his name...

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2011-02-25 06:05:00

A historic Soviet space capsule will be going up for sale at Sotheby's in New York with a pre-sale price tag that is estimated to be in the millions. Sotheby's will auction the spherical Vostok 3KA-2 Space Capsule on April 12, the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight by Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin. The spacecraft has significant historical credentials, as it is the model used for the final dummy run before Gagarin made his historic voyage. The capsule is expected to bring...


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