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26.12.2019

Christmas space adventures

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On Christmas Eve we all believe in fairytales. And space is indeed the greatest miracle of our world, it is not only the mystery of unexplored galaxies that is so fascinating about space but also the triumph of scientific progress and genius of humanity. This is what our guests from Brazil came for – to face the unknown and to explore the secrets of space.

29.11.2019

Finishing autumn flights season!

42 photos

Despite this autumn wasn’t that generous with nice sunny days, we flew quite a lot. Fans of jet aviation were not confused at all with either cloudy and rainy days or sensible frosts. Moreover when the day is gray it is doubly pleasant to fly above the clouds and see the sun smiles.

11.10.2019

Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov passes away

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Today at the age of 85 Soviet cosmonaut # 11, the first Man to perform a spacewalk, twice awarded with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, Alexey Leonov passed away.

03.10.2019

Baikonur tour: Soyuz MS-15 launch

87 photos

September turned out to be a cosmic month. More than 400 tourists, representatives of the mass media and space agencies from around the world visited cosmodrome Baikonur for the 70th, landmark launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket from the Gagarin's Start. We witnessed the last start from Site 1, the modernization plan of the launch site is designed for three years and the next spacecraft launch will be relocated and also launched on new Soyuz-2.1a rockets.

24.08.2019

Baikonur tour: Soyuz MS-14 launch

33 photos

Our group of space fans has just returned from Baikonur launchsite where on August 22 at 08.38 local time, Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft with anthropomorphous robot FEDOR aboard was successfully launched. That will definitely remain a lifetime memory as we witnessed a historical event indeed since it was the first time an android was launched to space breaking new ground in the history of space exploration.

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Baikonur tour — Soyuz TMA-06M launch

From October 18 till October 25 Vegitel has arranged a large program for US citizens. The central part of this tour was Baikonur visiting program and watching Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft launch. To be well prepared for such a unique trip our guests started their space program with a visit to Gagarin cosmonaut training centre. Some of them even had space trainings: they experienced overloading during centrifuge ride; performed operations in specialized Orlan spacesuit designed for extravehicular activity and realized what a complicated task it is to handle a spacecraft during manual docking. Our guests assured they will never forget this thrilling experience.

Having learned everything they could about cosmonauts and astronauts trainings in Star City our US guests went to Baikonur cosmodrome where all international space crews start their expeditions to the ISS. It is a wonderful place indeed to feel the atmosphere of spaceflight preparations and pre-launch excitement and to feel yourself a part of space exploration achievements.

This time the crew of Oleg Novitsky, Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford got ready to the launch from the 31 launch pad instead of traditional “Gagarin launch”, which made it possible for us to watch the roll out of the rocket and attend it from the very opening of assembly building gates to the installation on the launch pad. Magnificent weather, rocket against the background of a clear blue sky, interview with back-up crew, informal personal contacts with cosmonauts families members — all that created a wonderful atmosphere.

Our schedule was really busy. We visited spacecraft Soyuz assembly building; the room of the crew where final check of the spacesuits takes place, another assembly building where the rocket itself is assembled. After lunch and visiting the colorful local market where we bought various souvenirs we went to the International space school. For our guests it was a unique and exciting excursion with launch of rocket models at the school yard at the end.

International press conference of main and back up crews was the main event of the next day, and before that we had a traditional walk through Cosmonauts Alley. We saw the crews at the press-conference, who were in a good mood, joked a lot, told us stories from their childhood and were very optimistic waiting for their flight.

This day after lunch we also visited the History Museum of Baikonur and had a tour through the city, and in the evening we ended up by an extraordinary dinner in traditional Kazakh yurt.

On the 23rd of October everyone was excited and from the very morning repeated “Today is the day!” waiting eagerly to watch the launch. But first we planned to see the crew off to the cosmodrome. Traditionally the cosmonauts leave the hotel with a song– “Trava u doma” by Russian band “Zemlyane” (it is a famous song declared by Roscosmos to be a hymn of Russian cosmonautics). Our guests were so inspired that sang this song for the whole day and called it “green green grass”. At the cosmodrome we saw the cosmonauts already wearing spacesuits and ready for getting inside the spacecraft. We still had the time to visit famous Cosmodrome Baikonur museum, shuttle “Buran” and Gagarin and Korolev memorial houses. And at last we are the pad, where all the guests, specialists, family members of cosmonauts and back-up crew have gathered. We had a chance to have a lot of photos while waiting for the launch. Everyone there was really excited and felt belonging to something very special. At 14.51 (16.51 Moscow time) the Soyuz rocket with the spacecraft Soyuz-TMA-o6M was successfully launched from the pad 31 of cosmodrome Baikonur. We watched the rocket till it became a small dot on the blue sky and counted seconds to the orbit. An finally there was storm of applause, with happy tears in the eyes everyone congratulated each other with successful launch and discussed the events of these wonderful Baikonur days over and over again.

We wish the cosmonauts great success in their expedition, space health to our guests and wait for other space lovers to have such exciting experience.

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Christmas space adventures

36 photos

On Christmas Eve we all believe in fairytales. And space is indeed the greatest miracle of our world, it is not only the mystery of unexplored galaxies that is so fascinating about space but also the triumph of scientific progress and genius of humanity. This is what our guests from Brazil came for – to face the unknown and to explore the secrets of space.

Finishing autumn flights season!

42 photos

Despite this autumn wasn’t that generous with nice sunny days, we flew quite a lot. Fans of jet aviation were not confused at all with either cloudy and rainy days or sensible frosts. Moreover when the day is gray it is doubly pleasant to fly above the clouds and see the sun smiles.

Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov passes away

12 photos

Today at the age of 85 Soviet cosmonaut # 11, the first Man to perform a spacewalk, twice awarded with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, Alexey Leonov passed away.

Baikonur tour: Soyuz MS-15 launch

87 photos

September turned out to be a cosmic month. More than 400 tourists, representatives of the mass media and space agencies from around the world visited cosmodrome Baikonur for the 70th, landmark launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket from the Gagarin's Start. We witnessed the last start from Site 1, the modernization plan of the launch site is designed for three years and the next spacecraft launch will be relocated and also launched on new Soyuz-2.1a rockets.

Baikonur tour: Soyuz MS-14 launch

33 photos

Our group of space fans has just returned from Baikonur launchsite where on August 22 at 08.38 local time, Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft with anthropomorphous robot FEDOR aboard was successfully launched. That will definitely remain a lifetime memory as we witnessed a historical event indeed since it was the first time an android was launched to space breaking new ground in the history of space exploration.