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Old Posted Feb 25, 2018, 3:43 PM
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Visiting the abandoned launch control centrer of the Buran space shuttle.

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115- We couldn't take pics of the exterior of the building where the launch control center was located. I assume it was more because it was extremely dilapidated than because it was top secret or anything like that. Here is a pic I managed to take before a guard told me to stop taking pics :


116- The launch control center was located in some sort of giant bunker. We had to walk a long and dark corridor to reach it. At some point, there was this mural painting which seemed out of place :


117- The control center :


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Nice pictures so far!

If you're from France, why do you go to Russia so much?
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What a special place. Curious about the next episode.
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Nice pictures so far!

If you're from France, why do you go to Russia so much?
Russia is a fascinating country. It's so vast, it feels like a whole different world, and it's full of places that feel like being the remotest on Earth, and I love that idea. So it excites my imagination like few other places in the world.

Also, I like the feeling of a (at first) exotic place becoming more and more familiar, that's why I keep coming back to places that I've enjoyed, be it Russia or New York.
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Some views of the city of Baikonur and its surroundings :

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126- A full-scale model of a Soyuz rocket as a monument :


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Visiting a space-themed highschool in Baikonur :

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140- In this school, students have rocket modelling classes :


141- Some of the pretty cool rockets built by the students. They are supposed to fly :


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144- Hallways are full of space-themed mural paintings as well as full-scale mockups :


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148- The chemistry classroom :


149- In the biology classroom they had some weird stuff, like busts of the different human "races" :


150- The art classroom :


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Attending the pre-flight press conference at the Cosmonaut hotel where crew members stay before the launch of any Soyuz mission.

154- The hotel entrance is rather bland :


155- Next to the hotel, there is the Cosmonauts alley where every astronaut/cosmonaut departing from Baikonur Cosmodrome has to plant a tree. It's like a tradition :


156- The Gagarin's tree :


157- Some tress have been planted a lot more recently like the one of French spationaut Thomas Pesquet who stayed in the ISS in 2016-2017 :


158- The conference room. Astronauts have to stay behind a glass because before the flight they are in quarantine :


159- The crew members of the Soyuz MS-05 mission and their backup crew. From left to right : Paolo Nespoli (Italian, ESA), Randy Bresnik (American, NASA), Sergey Ryazansky (Russian, Roscosmos), Alexander Misurkin (Russian, Roscosmos), Mark Vande Hei (American, NASA) and Norishige Kanai (Japanese, JAXA).


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A video I edited from the clips I shot during the press conference. English, Russian and Italian were spoken during the conference which lasted for about one hour :

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Nice thread - thanks for sharing/posting.
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There is a semi-abandoned amusement park just right next to downtown Baikonur. Some pics :

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Attending the launch of Soyuz MS-05 at dusk.


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A video I made of the launch :

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