Baikonur Cosmodrome

I found this 2001 Air & Space article during my research about Sputnik-1, the world’s first artificial satellite. It’s a very good first person account of a visit out to the Baikonur Cosmodrome and some of the run-ups and rituals for launching from there. The writer was there for a launch of the first permanent International Space […]

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Repost: Soviet Dogs and History

This is a repost of a post from 3 Sept 2014.  For those who just needed a reminder, yesterday was the 57th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s second satellite launched into space.  This time with a dog named Laika on board.  And while the Soviets’ accomplishment of launching the first living being into space shouldn’t […]

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DIY Space: Ardusat

Before I begin the fairly short DIY part, this is just a reminder for those who don’t know, or just plain forgot.  Today is the anniversary of Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite, which was launched into orbit on the top of an R-7 rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The R-7 had already been successfully tested as a […]

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