Tour Baikonur, the world's first and largest operational spaceport

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Both Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1 were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in desert of Kazakhstan. It has since served as a launch pad for generations upon generations of spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Take a tour of Baikonour as it looks today.

The photo above was taken by Bill Ingalls/NASA.

The Cosmonaut Hotel, where some astronauts have been accommodated before and after their flights

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Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA pauses for a photo while signing a hotel room door at the Cosmonaut Hotel, 2013

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(Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad, 2012

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Extreme Danger Zone

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An Orthodox Priest blesses members of the media, the crew and the Soyuz rocket, photos from 2012 and 2013

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(Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls 1 – 2 and Carla Cioffi)

The Soyuz TMA-05M launches in 2012

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The Energia Launch Site and its flame bucket

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The crawlers for Energia and Buran

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Abandoned facilities, pipes, and launch pads

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You can see more abandoned Soviet space facilities here, including a secret laboratory, a military town, and the first flight control center used during Gagarin's mission.

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The Buran test model OK-M, now restored to its original condition

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Abandoned military buildings

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A big sign commemorating space exploration on the Main Street in the city

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The Proton Club at Area 95 at the Baikonur Space Port – it has an auditorium, a kitchen, a hall with pong-pong, and pool tables

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A full-size Soyuz rocket is on display near the main post office

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On the fields of Baikonur

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There are some interesting things near the street

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The SS-17 ballistic missile as a monument

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"Peace to the World!"

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A tower block with a cool space-themed artwork

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The former officer's club, now a disco on the main square

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The house of Yuri Gagarin

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This is the bed where the famous cosmonaut spent his last night before flight.

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The statue of Gagarin

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A bronze bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky (known as Bloody Felix or Iron Felix), the founder and first leader of the Soviet Secret Police Cheka in 1917

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Skateboard park

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The many former names of Baikonur (Zarya village, Leninski village and Leninsk city – it was renamed to Baikonur only in 1995)

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Bonus: Parts of the Russian Moon Rocket N1 on a Baikonur playground in 1998

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takimeathead

My mom (a tiny Tongan lady who can still beat the crap outta me) stole my Yuri Gagarin t-shirt my friend bought for me on my birthday, and she rocked it last week to the Flea Market. She was approached by all these random Russian ex-pats patting her on the back and complimenting her on it. Of her experience being a minor celebrity for a day, she said "I WEESH I LERRN RASHAN SO I KEN MEYK MOA FLENLY PEEPOL! I WAN TO FLY TO DA SPEYSS! HAHAHA"

My mom, the armchair astronaut.