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16.05.2019

Victory Day flights

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Being such a notable and superb day, the 9th of May has not been spared by our guests who celebrated the victory day at the Oreshkovo airfield paying homage to the memory of war heroes by conducting breathtaking and unforgettable flights aboard L–39 jet trainer.

17.04.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome trip, April 2019

35 photos

Progress MS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 4th of April. Liftoff took place at 14:01 Moscow time, setting the stage for the spacecraft to rendezvous with the outpost just over three hours later.

12.04.2019

April, 12th — Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, for the first time ever mankind went beyond the limits of the home planet and entered a new space age. We congratulate all space and cosmonautics fans on this great day and wish you all space health, peaceful skies, new heights and fantastic discoveries!

21.03.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome tour, March 2019

52 photos

On the 14th of March at 10:14 pm (Moscow time) it once more roared at the Baikonur cosmodrome. A spacecraft with a crew of three onboard was launched into space: A. Ovchinin, N. Hague and C. Koch. The MS-12 crew emblem was almost a copy of the MS-10 crew emblem, the spacecraft-launch of which went down in history as the first unsuccessful one since 1983 (!). Well, the Russian cosmonautics does not rest and goes on developing.

07.02.2019

From Russia with love

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Even strong frosts this year are unable to discourage tourists from discovering the world of cosmonautics. Besides, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City looks as astonishing in winter as in summer. Our French guest didn’t fear colds neither. The beginning of February was marked by another tour to Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sebastian’s wife asked us to arrange the tour programme as a gift to her loved one.

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Ahead to Past, Back to Future

Baikonur is an amazing place. Coming there is like travelling time (and in a certain sense space). You just find yourself in 60-es, in the times of great space explorations, great expectations, times of Korolev and Lozino-Lozinskiy. That time people believed they would go to space for work in the beginning of the 3rd millennium.

The 3rdmillenniumcame. Still we work in cities not in space and get to work by cars not by rockets or space shuttles. Nevertheless Baikonur attracts space fans from all over the world: guests from Japan, the Netherlands, Belorussia and USA could make their dream come true watching the launch of Soyuz TMA-17M manned spacecraft due to unique offer by Vegitel Company.

Such 5-days tour is like an excursion to the past and a breakthrough to the future. First comes the roll-out of the rocket and its further installation on the launchpad. After that sightseeing tours around the city of Baikonur (which by the way celebrates its 60-years anniversary this year), museums and other kinds of touristic attractions under extremely hot sun of Kazakh steppe. Press-conference of main and back-up crews was the next starting point. Looking at these brave 6 men through the glass separating them from our usual world you realize that you have become a part of really marvelous event.

After that events got more and more emotional: seeing off the cosmonauts from the hotel with traditional song “Trava u Doma” as a background, official report to the State commission, Baikonur museum visiting before the launch when walking along the halls over and over again you asks yourself a question “what do the cosmonauts feel right now when it is only 2 hours to go?”

And finally the climax: Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft launch. We watch it from the observation point at about 1 km distance, the sky is clear and the scene look much more than impressive with all these fire bursts Earth trembling beneath our feet. Then seconds counting, 528 – orbit!

The specialists know that successful launch of only half the battle, and only when the spacecraft enters the orbit it’s time for congratulations.

And naturally the docking is undoubtedly a matter of great importance. We watched the docking on-line together with the specialists, got a chance to see the just arrived cosmonauts floating inside the ISS after hatch opening and listened to the first communication session.

That was our time to leave Baikonur and leaving you feel a kind of sad wishing to return one day to this really wonderful and unique place where people send rockets to space and believe in the triumph of human genius .
Have a look at our photo report and join us for our future tours!

Read more:

Victory Day flights

21 photos

Being such a notable and superb day, the 9th of May has not been spared by our guests who celebrated the victory day at the Oreshkovo airfield paying homage to the memory of war heroes by conducting breathtaking and unforgettable flights aboard L–39 jet trainer.

Baikonur cosmodrome trip, April 2019

35 photos

Progress MS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 4th of April. Liftoff took place at 14:01 Moscow time, setting the stage for the spacecraft to rendezvous with the outpost just over three hours later.

April, 12th — Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, for the first time ever mankind went beyond the limits of the home planet and entered a new space age. We congratulate all space and cosmonautics fans on this great day and wish you all space health, peaceful skies, new heights and fantastic discoveries!

Baikonur cosmodrome tour, March 2019

52 photos

On the 14th of March at 10:14 pm (Moscow time) it once more roared at the Baikonur cosmodrome. A spacecraft with a crew of three onboard was launched into space: A. Ovchinin, N. Hague and C. Koch. The MS-12 crew emblem was almost a copy of the MS-10 crew emblem, the spacecraft-launch of which went down in history as the first unsuccessful one since 1983 (!). Well, the Russian cosmonautics does not rest and goes on developing.

From Russia with love

9 photos

Even strong frosts this year are unable to discourage tourists from discovering the world of cosmonautics. Besides, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City looks as astonishing in winter as in summer. Our French guest didn’t fear colds neither. The beginning of February was marked by another tour to Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sebastian’s wife asked us to arrange the tour programme as a gift to her loved one.