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The Baikonur Cosmodrome

When NASA's last scheduled Space Shuttle mission lands in June of 2010, the United States will not have the capability to get astronauts into space again until the scheduled launch of the new Orion spacecraft in 2015. Over those five years, the U.S. manned space program will be relying heavily on Russia and its Baikonur Cosmodrome facility in Kazakhstan. Baikonur is an entire Kazakh city, rented and administered by Russia. The Cosmodrome was founded in 1955, making it one of the oldest space launch facilites still in operation. Here are collected some photographs of manned and unmanned launches from Baikonur over the past several years. (26 photos total)

The Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft and its booster rocket, transported by rail to the launch pad to be raised to a vertical launch position at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on October 16, 2003, in preparation for liftoff October 18 to carry C. Michael Foale, Expedition 8 commander and NASA science officer; Alexander Kaleri, Soyuz Commander and flight engineer; and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain to the International Space Station. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
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123 comments so far...
1.

Cows on the launch pad... Cowsmonauts?

Posted by adam bennett September 24, 08 12:43 PM
2.

Great pictures, again

Posted by Zelittle September 24, 08 12:52 PM
3.

>>> Cows on the launch pad... Cowsmonauts?

No, provisions.

Posted by Chupakka September 24, 08 01:04 PM
4.

Picture #15 is great!

Posted by Hax Or September 24, 08 01:07 PM
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Man, this blog rocks! Can't get tired! This is the best blog EVER. It's very hard to regular bloggers to beat it, since Boston have access to very exclusive pictures.

THANK YOU ALL FOR THIS FANTASTIC WORK.

By the way, if you feel like posting 10 times more pictures and 500 times a week, I would still see all.

Posted by Pablo Ben September 24, 08 01:09 PM
6.

I think the operative word at Baikanour is functional. Not as sexy as a trip from the Cape, but I would still do it.

Posted by SC September 24, 08 01:12 PM
7.

na próxima viagem eu vou...rs

Posted by Edward September 24, 08 01:21 PM
8.

Sweet stuff!

- Blake J. Nolan
http://www.BJNArt.com

Posted by Blake J. Nolan September 24, 08 01:24 PM
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>> Not as sexy as a trip from the Cape

Sexier, IMO. The probability that you will die while getting to/from the space is a heck of a lot less. :-)

Posted by DMB September 24, 08 01:47 PM
10.

Interesting to see the extent of the colour shift between photos 10 and 11...

Which one was true?!


Posted by Jon T September 24, 08 01:49 PM
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#15 is very-very great! :))
I like this collection!

Alex
http://www.recentnews.co.uk

Posted by Alex September 24, 08 01:52 PM
12.

Once again a mindblowing collection of wonderful pictures !!!

One litte detail however: "an unpiloted Progress" @20, unmanned, but certainly not unpiloted.

Cheers.

Posted by FC September 24, 08 02:08 PM
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Jon T:

In this case "true" is a hard thing to define.

Those pics were taken on different days, different times of day and in different lighting conditions. Thus the colours vary.

Posted by Jonathan September 24, 08 02:10 PM
14.

Isn't someone going to pray for someone in these pictures?

Posted by Christiaan September 24, 08 02:13 PM
15.

BEST BLOG ON THE NET HANDS DOWN! PLEASE UPDATE MORE OFTEN~

Posted by Alexis September 24, 08 02:32 PM
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Photo #26: modern gods. The juxtaposition of high and low technologies in this image is fascinating to me. Men fall from the heavens- put there by technological achievement- and are greeted on the vast, barren steppes with fur-lined sleeping bags and flowers. It's so endearing and odd.

Posted by Tim September 24, 08 02:34 PM
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Posted by simone September 24, 08 02:40 PM
18.

Probability of dying in either case is about the same, 1-2%. (Shuttle had more safe launches between Challenger and Columbia than Soyuz had since it's last fatal accident.) And the last few Soyuz re-entries have been sub-optimal to the say the least.

And Progress is unpiloted for most dockings. It uses an automated navigation and docking system.

Posted by Space Fan September 24, 08 02:45 PM
19.

@Space Fan

Um, no. As of 2006 (and there haven't been any fatalities since):

Soyuz (1967-Present)
------------------------------
Flights: 95
Failures: 4 (2 non-fatal)
Failure Rate: 4.21%

Cosmonauts Flown: 228
Fatalities: 4
Fatality Rate: 1.75%

Shuttle (1981-Present)
------------------------------
Flights: 116
Failures: 3 (1 non-fatal)
Failure Rate: 2.59%

Astronauts Flown: 692
Fatalities: 14
Fatality Rate: 2.02%


One of the two fatal accidents with Souyz was a human error - someone depressurized the capsule on re-entry. I'll take my chances with Soyuz, thank you very much. As far as the number of astronauts flown and the number of flights, this is a pointless metric if you consider that most Russian space programs are long-term. They send their cosmonauts up there for half a year, sometimes longer, so they need fewer flights. Add to that the fact that their resupply spacecraft is unmanned, so fewer flights are needed still.

Posted by DMB September 24, 08 03:25 PM
20.

That's some nasty lens distortion on image 3.

Posted by Patrick Henry September 24, 08 03:46 PM
21.

cows on the launchpad.. they must want to goto the mooooon

Posted by adam September 24, 08 03:59 PM
22.

i feel claustrophobic just looking at them all crunched up like that...

Posted by xie September 24, 08 04:29 PM
23.

Great. So Borat is going to be running our space program for a few years...

Posted by kevjohn September 24, 08 04:39 PM
24.

Last picture's caption. "Yeah, we're badasses"

Posted by Joe in Rochester September 24, 08 04:47 PM
25.

tiny indeed: check #25.. look how small the capsule is.. how can you fit 3 people with presure suits and all that inside and still have enough strength to return from orbit.. impressive low-tech ruski's! (their choice for strong, cheap and ablating heat shields vs the spaceshuttle's mega expensive and brittle ceramic tiles

Posted by Macaca September 24, 08 04:54 PM
26.

PApa posmotri

Posted by karina September 24, 08 06:00 PM
27.

Did you notice the shuttle in the background of pic 11?

Posted by Aaron September 24, 08 06:12 PM
28.

Aaron, you need to read the captions. It's a Buran mockup, not a Shuttle. The Buran was the Soviet copy of the Shuttle. It made a single unmanned flight before cancellation.

Posted by justcorbly September 24, 08 06:47 PM
29.

Cows on the launchpad: the herd shot 'round the world!

Posted by Ellen September 24, 08 08:30 PM
30.

I'm reminded of the (possibly apocryphal) story about the effort that went into developing writing utensils for space. The US spent many dollars and many man-hours and came up with the zero-g pen. The Russians decided to use pencils.

Posted by Mark September 24, 08 11:11 PM
31.

Outstanding pictures. Alan, thanks for posting this. Somehow the simplicity and purity of the Russian space program invokes cherished memories of flying out of Burbank instead of O'Hare...

I do have one exception. Is it just me or is there something wrong with the perspective of picture 18? Look at photo 19 for example. At ISS orbital altitude, one looks down on clouds, not across.

Either the photo is "airbrushed" by the best on Madison Avenue or that is one big-dog lens and that Soyuz is way far off.

Posted by Gaussling's Weird Friend Les September 25, 08 12:33 AM
32.

@#20
no distortion there. this is russian engineery at its best.

Posted by Maruda September 25, 08 02:17 AM
33.

LOL...........In space, no one can hear you moo.

Posted by Mick Lincoln September 25, 08 02:27 AM
34.

… 'Love this blog !

Posted by vince from Paris September 25, 08 02:48 AM
35.

Photo #10 shows very well that, for the Russians, it's not about "looks" but functionality: just get a couple of old diesel locomotives to move the rockets, who needs a giant Crawler.

Photo#24: from looking at that dent in the ground the capsule made on impact I wonder how hard they hit.

Posted by Dimitri September 25, 08 03:18 AM
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Posted by Giò September 25, 08 03:42 AM
37.

Did anyone notice the product placement in the last photo (of the three cosmonauts setting around in their luxurious, comfy-looking, military-decor, fur-lined sacks)?

Posted by BT September 25, 08 04:23 AM
38.

@Mark

I remember Pedro Duque (veteran of two space missions one with the Shuttle and another with the Soyuz) saying that cheap ballpoint pens work perfectly in space and that Russians have always used them instead those fancy zero-g pens :-)

Posted by Mirir September 25, 08 04:27 AM
39.

Pictures 15,16 and 20 are great.

Cowsmonauts ... HA HA

Posted by FloS September 25, 08 04:43 AM
40.

Superb photos and what a difference compared to NASA - fascinating.

Posted by Jon Moss September 25, 08 04:51 AM
41.

Brilliant pictures - I'm curious at the language used to describe the "astronaughts", two are described as cosmonaughts and one is described as a space flight participant.

Does anyone have an explanation as to why this is ?

Posted by Simon September 25, 08 06:28 AM
42.


Grande obra no mundo na sociedade Russa. Que continuem com este magnifico trabalho, aja força!....

Posted by Soares Quituxe Dala September 25, 08 07:02 AM
43.

images not loading for me. am i the only one?

Posted by .2 September 25, 08 07:50 AM
44.

to #10, Jon T
Pic 10 shows TMA-12 in 2008. Pic. 11 shows TMA-3 in 2003,
Different years, different rockets, different daylight, diferent paints... different truths ;-)

Posted by French T September 25, 08 08:46 AM
45.

Fantastic Photos. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Posted by james September 25, 08 08:53 AM
46.

Why is it that whenever I look at the Russian Space Program, I keep thinking it's a Steampunked version of NASA ?

Posted by Gerb September 25, 08 08:57 AM
47.

Simon,

Astronaut: English/American term for a professional, trained space traveller.
Cosmonaut: Russian term.
Space flight participant: what NASA prefers to call space travellers who are not professionals, like "space tourists" (paying for their own flight) or representatives from certain countries, organisations etc.

There are many variations. For example in French, a space traveller is called a spationaut.

You can look up all these terms on Wikipedia.

Posted by Olav September 25, 08 09:13 AM
48.

Good job on the pictures - nice to see successful launches - very positive concerning human unity!

Posted by Shane September 25, 08 09:20 AM
49.

Where can i get one of those phones?!

Posted by Jimmy September 25, 08 10:05 AM
50.

Nice pictures I enjoy them.

Posted by Bill Stafford September 25, 08 10:46 AM
51.

@30 (Mark): Pencils in space are very problematic: Small bits of lead break off, float around, get inhaled or clog filters. Developing a space pen not a joke.

Posted by mankoff September 25, 08 10:55 AM
52.

NIce pictures. Congratulations

Posted by netslider57 September 25, 08 01:08 PM
53.

Hi,Good photos. Good work .keep it up.

Posted by shanmugam.kg September 25, 08 01:46 PM
54.

Oh my, I almost had a panic attack looking at #7! I gues you can't be a claustrophobic cosmonaut.

Posted by Michael September 25, 08 02:36 PM
55.

Colleague sent me the link to this blog. Thanks for posting a number of my images! I hope to have some more photos from the Expedition 18 launch after October 12th. Be sure to visit www.nasa.gov Cheers!

Posted by Bill Ingalls September 25, 08 03:48 PM
56.

Some beautiful photos. I'd love to see a similar post detailing the Chinese space program now that Shenzhou 7 is in orbit

Posted by Russ September 25, 08 05:00 PM
57.

The space pen IS NOT a product of NASA. The U.S. space program used mechanical pencils also until an enterprising pen manufacturer developed one for them in the mid sixites. It was private money that developed the space pen, not government. Read about it.

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/613/1

Posted by Charles Northrop September 25, 08 08:49 PM
58.

Umm, DMB, you made my point for me. Not sure why you're saying now. As I stated, fatality rate is approximately 1-2%. However your metric of fatality rate based on astronauts flown is meaningless. You can only really measure it against the flight rate, which giving the numbers you quote are:

2 fatal flights among 95
2 fatal flights among 116.

Again, the numbers are about the same.

And Soyuz flight you refer to, Soyuz 11 was not human error. And the number of flights flown is the only useful metric.

Space us dangerous regardless of how you fly.

Posted by Space Fan September 25, 08 09:50 PM
59.

Great photos, thanks for posting!

Posted by niku September 25, 08 09:57 PM
60.

Uh, they stopped using lead in pencils decades ago -- even in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Pencil "lead" is made out of cheaper, easily produced graphite - a simple polymer of carbon atoms only. The Soviets figured out that the graphite "dust" that the pencils produced got efficiently taken care or by their CO2 filters.

Sorry mankoff, space pens are a joke. USG agencies are legendary for overspending. They make the guys in the financial services industry look like amateurs.

Posted by ChrisUnit1 September 25, 08 09:58 PM
61.

oyaeby!

Posted by Anonymous September 25, 08 11:37 PM
62.

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Posted by ñåðåãà September 26, 08 04:00 AM
63.

de très belles images !!
merci beaucoup!

Posted by Nick September 26, 08 07:36 AM
64.

Picture #20 is amazing! Seeing this from up there would probably cause my heart to stop beating. Just think of it: we`re all within that shining stripe looking so narrow but still is higher than Mount Everest. Makes me think of George Harrison: "And to see you're really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you."

Posted by Olaf Mertens September 26, 08 08:34 AM
65.

I like very much these nice pictures I enjoy them.

Posted by RobertJ September 26, 08 11:27 AM
66.

That is awesome!

#15 is Awe Inspiring!!

~Kyle
www.KyleKorpi.com

Posted by Kyle September 26, 08 04:38 PM
67.

DMB: Since fatal incidents tend to result in the death of everyone on board, I would say that it makes more sense to calculate the fatality rate as the number of fatal flights versus total flights. Under that metric, the shuttle is slightly safer - it has a 1.7% fatality rate versus 2.1% for Soyuz.

---

Dimitri: The Soyuz capsule fires a retro rocket immediately before landing, so at least some of the cratering is due to that.

---

Olav: Not quite. A cosmonaut is anyone who first flew on a Russian launch vehicle and an astronaut is anyone who first flew on an American launch vehicle. (And now there's "taikonaut" for those few who have flown into space on Chinese launch vehicles). "Spationaut" is a generic term with no reference to launch vehicles, which is used only by the French government and press because, well, they're French so they have to do everything differently. ;)

Posted by Matt September 26, 08 06:49 PM
68.

ChrisUnit1: You're misinformed. Charles Northrop is correct that the "space pen" was not a government-funded program; it was privately developed. The first batch was sold to NASA at the enormous price of $2.95 each. And since 1968 both NASA and the Soviet/Russian space agencies have used them on every flight because they are safer and more reliable than pencils in a number of different ways.

Also, "lead" in a pencil is a colloquial term for graphite that has been in use for decades. And one the several, very real problems the space pen did indeed solve was bits of pencil lead breaking off and getting stuck in people's eyes, noses, shorting out electronics, etc.

Here's another link for you if you still need to be convinced:

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

Posted by Matt September 26, 08 06:57 PM
69.

Simplesmente sensacional caro Lanza!
Congratulations to BG.

Posted by Luiz Antonio September 26, 08 07:26 PM
70.

@ChrisUnit1

About your statement that both NASA and Soviet/Russian space agencies have used "space pen" since 1968 but, as I said before, Pedro Duque stated that Russian Federal Space Agency uses cheap ballpoint pens. Here you have the story he wrote while he was traveling towards the ISS back in 2003:

http://asimov.esrin.esa.it/esaCP/SEM9YN7O0MD_index_0.html

Posted by Mirir September 27, 08 07:34 AM
71.

Hi,
Thanks for links, just downloaded

Posted by jecyDeergeked September 27, 08 07:43 AM
72.

There is how ever .
a real space program .Useing the saucer type [ships ].
This you can find !!! is every day go here go there .
Also [they ]are on the moon as to the already built cities there
what we are given as to these shots are the[for the people ]
You would not like the news as to what is in preperation
as to those that are going too be left behind

Posted by ray russell September 27, 08 09:58 AM
73.

WOW Again. Some powerful pics!
# 08 is my favorite - This is why space is awesome. Risking their life and spending a lot of it in training just to go up a few times and gather some data. The ultimate cool nerds. They also have to coexist together in a tiny capsule for long stretches of time up in space - this takes I think most of the best traits that define a human today.

Posted by Sharikoff September 28, 08 04:57 AM
74.

Will somebody please send the Ruskies some paint and a couple of brushes?

Posted by jsrlnd September 28, 08 07:27 AM
75.

and what about the orange paint on #26...????

Posted by Moroboshi September 28, 08 12:37 PM
76.

#26 That's sunlight. Take a closer look.

Posted by grisha September 28, 08 01:01 PM
77.

you're totally right :)

Posted by Moroboshi September 28, 08 02:48 PM
78.

Great set.
I like particularly #1, #14 & #19...

Fafa

Posted by Fafa September 28, 08 03:22 PM
79.

"Cows on the launchpad: the herd shot 'round the world!"---

This is pure genius!

Posted by Houston September 28, 08 08:08 PM
80.

Great pictures, it's always the old same magic :)
A precision : Picture 21 : it's not the cosmodrome, it's only the city (Leninsk, renamed Baikonur in 1995).

Posted by Pierre September 28, 08 08:32 PM
81.

I think Russian designs for almost everything, including rockets, are so much better than north-american's...

Posted by Andre September 28, 08 11:01 PM
82.

These are fantastic pictures ......fascinating ground-level look at the rockets...very cool !!!

www.darkflamedesign.com

Posted by eddie September 28, 08 11:27 PM
83.

Yeees, i'ts great day :)))! Wow!!

Posted by Rolkis September 29, 08 12:07 AM
84.

Re. Comment No.6

I think the operative word at Baikanour is functional. Not as sexy as a trip from the Cape, but I would still do it.

Posted by SC September 24, 08 01:12 PM

Guess this must be a comment from a member of the most affluent and arrogant on earth.nation

Posted by LenBo September 30, 08 06:44 AM
85.

Felicitaciones, hermosas fotos!!

Posted by Sergio September 30, 08 10:01 AM
86.

FANTASTICO, ES LA PRIMER VEZ QUE OBSERVO LAS BELLAS FOTOS DEL LANZAMIENTO DE RUSIA DE NAVES DE APOYO LOGISTICO A LA I.S.S. Y SU RETORNO A LA TIERRA. CREO QUE LA GUERRA ENTRE LAS NACIONES SE ACABA CUANDO COMPARTEN CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGIA PARA BENEFICIO DE LA HUMANIDAD.
ALGUN DIA ESTARE EN LA BASE DEL COSMODROMO DE BAIKONUR, CUANDO ME INVITE RUSIA. FELICITACIONES.
PROFESOR DE DERECHO AERONAUTICO Y DEL ESPACIO

Posted by DR. ALVARO SEQUERA DUARTE September 30, 08 10:29 PM
87.

I'm not trying to create a comparitive point here; but why does it seem that there are only archaic copies of old U.S. technology? why can't researchers without giving out complex information put on the most advanced rather than least desirable? Or are we being offered rank copies in order to extract our technology without cold-war mentality spying? I think that the U.S. has done nothing but give, give, give, to Russia, China, and whoever has wanted to destroy us, for the sake of genuine complex scientific study which is only used for a new space "war" that uses our technology, not to advance learning, but to destroy us with our own system

Posted by Cliff Kott October 1, 08 11:29 PM
88.

21 "cows on the launchpad.. they must want to goto the mooooon"

They'd be the first herd shot round the world...

JimO
www.jamesoberg.com

Posted by Jim Oberg October 2, 08 12:11 PM
89.

SON FOTOS MUY EMOTIVAS Y EMOCIONANTES, FELICIDADES.

Posted by ING. ROBERTO LOPEZ SOTO October 2, 08 01:19 PM
90.

òtimas imagens
estive aqui beijo do Brasil ou Brazil

Posted by moa vidaletti October 3, 08 02:15 PM
91.

Gotta love that Russian spirit and can-do attitude. So what if there are cattle nearby and flaking paint. GIT-ER-DONE! If our NASA could accomplish as much per dollar spent we could have colonized the solar system by now.

Posted by Mark K October 5, 08 07:28 PM
92.

@Cliff Kott : "archaic copies of old US techs" ... if that is so, then why are they still flying while the US's pinned in the ground ? "I thinks that the US has done nothing but give^3 to Russia, China ..." : sure, Yuri Gagarin has flown in a US-given russian ship ... in the middle of Cold War ?? ... More recently, US has 'given' so much of its debt to the world that we're on the brink of '29 !!! Would you please wake up and read Noam Chomsky about what your glorious US has REALLY given the world ever since the fall of '45 Germany ? Or, have I forgotten you're a blind-crafted couch potatoe ?

Posted by John Woodroffe October 7, 08 08:22 PM
93.

These pictures are mind blowing and is almost as close as possible to really BEING THERE !! WOW
Spaceflightnow also have good collections but not of this magnitude.
Breathtaking...................
My Fav are 1,2,10,11,12,15,24

Posted by Manmeet October 12, 08 02:50 AM
94.

Great!
...and nostalgia..................................

Posted by Paul Borissow October 15, 08 05:43 AM
95.

not sure why people think that Russia is using American rocket technology. I thought Russia was first to fly up there. hmm.

Posted by Peter October 15, 08 06:11 PM
96.

Alle Achtung !

eine wahnsinns Fotostrecke,
meine Gratulation !

greetings from Austria

;-) franz

Posted by Anonymous October 17, 08 04:43 PM
97.

Where is the dog ?

Jolie photos merci

Bonjour de france

http://tuxien.net

Posted by tuxien October 21, 08 02:59 AM
98.

Thanks for the link, I had such a desire when I was a child to travel the stars. But my choices and decisions I made in life prevented me from ever having that opportunity. But I still have that great feeling when I get to see emails like this one. For me it's the next best thing to being there.

Posted by Carol McCarty October 23, 08 09:19 AM
99.

This is just Splendid..

Posted by Ubani , C.O. October 24, 08 02:04 PM
100.

Just got back from the October 12, 2008 launch in Baikonur. We got to experience everything that was portrayed in Baikonur and Mission Control. I can verify that it's even more thrilling in person than these spectacular photos show Thanks for the memories!

Posted by Sandi Rasmussen October 27, 08 09:07 AM
101.

Sencillamente, un buen reportaje fotografico de un emocionante proyecto. Felicitaciones a todas las personas que intervinieron. =0

Posted by Henry Garcia November 2, 08 12:52 AM
102.

The Americans built a reusable spacecraft, so the factory was expendable.
The Russians build expendable spacecraft, so the factory is reusable.
Building one more Shuttle - expensive; one more Progress - cheap.

Posted by ChuckD November 5, 08 03:04 PM
103.

Spasibo vsem za dobrie slova, spasibo avtoru za prekrasnie snimki.
Pust budet mir i druzba.

Posted by Anonymous November 6, 08 02:24 AM
104.

Ôîòêè, ïðîñòî ñóïåð.

Posted by iwest November 6, 08 05:22 AM
105.

Where is the cows ??? There is no cows on the launchpad.
And even this is may be the moon aliens ;) You don't understand anything in Russian space industry and science. Russia - forever!

Posted by Vasiliy Litvinenko November 6, 08 11:42 AM
106.

About safety "challenge" between Soyuz and Shuttle.
There's also term Last Failure Date.
LFD for Soyuz was before Columbia and Challenger, so Soyuz are safer. And if Obama decide to continue to use Shuttles there can be more casualties.
PS Soyuz haz one plus for safety - The On-Launch Emrgency Rocket Engines - tall "rod" on top of the rocket. Same thing will be implemented in Constellation program. If we'll survive 2012 ;-)

PPS Áîðàò, öóêî >:-E

Posted by Eldarado November 20, 08 09:29 AM
107.

super

Posted by dsb November 20, 08 12:07 PM
108.

Man, I like those blue striped space suits :^)

Posted by El d'Ar November 20, 08 11:30 PM
109.

In space no one can here you moo.....genius.!

Its fairly obvious to anyone who isnt a yank, that many of the Russian ideas in regard to space exploration are designed through thrift. So their buildings may not have a full coat of paint, and their cockpits may be cramped, they may even drag their rocket along on a train, but it works. It works very well. (like a pencil which they may or may not still use) As does their long space time system. Just send unmanned stuff up to the ISS, and leave your guys and gals up there experimenting and learning. Less risk, less expence. A good plan all round. Maybee not the best, but consideing USA's wealth, and Russias poverty, id kinda expect a starship from the US by now. I think Russia is performing and contributing admirably. (since when did the paint on a building make space craft fly better?)

And besides, the russian space contributer gal, looks kinda cute!

Good luck to all our space explorers and their technologies. Maybee soon, the ISS, will be a marriot hotel for us all to stop in and marvel at.

This IS the future of mankind. Hurry up guys i want a piece of it!

Great shots, beautifully insparational.

Posted by Shedlock2000 November 26, 08 11:18 PM
110.

Does Russia have their motors' under control, I was also peering for some information on the Unkrainian effort for revitalization of the widerness Kremlin, water, wildlife ect

cameron r hewko

Posted by Cameron R Hewko December 5, 08 06:47 PM
111.

bezveze je..... ja tražim program space photoa za ukrašavanje slike....i nema nigdi....nek mi se ko javi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=(

Posted by hrvatica December 28, 08 10:16 PM
112.

visit-----nasa-----and-----people----world--------thankyou-----good-luck-------from----------name----montra---trimek------pig------thailand-------

Posted by montra_trimek--pig---thailand--- February 16, 09 02:51 AM
113.

I like astronomy and these Russian's photos are marvellous indeed. Good luck to Mr. Putin and Mr. Obama for next flights for exploring our "Wonderful Universe" from Baikonur and Cape Canaveral Cosmodroms.

Posted by Arturo March 10, 09 07:46 AM
114.

About the comment of picture distortion in photo #3.

I kind of think that it was a very wide wideangle lense. What's your take?

Posted by Charles Chen March 19, 09 09:09 AM
115.

Ahora que se proyecta la finalizacion de los proyectos Discovery, Atlantis y los Transbordadores que quedan, los cuales estan realizando los ultimos vuelos aeroespaciales, es de importancia que Rusia desarrolle nueva tecnologia de punta en la concepción de las nuevas naves tripuladas, con tracto sucesivo en estas actividades.
Cre fielmente que la tecnología Rusa sera la que enviara de primero las nuevas naves, mientras la macroeconomia de los EEUU se rescata para beneficio tecnologico de los Terricolas del Planeta.

Posted by DR. ALVARO SEQUERA DUARTE April 3, 09 11:36 AM
116.

Aujourd'hui c'est notre ami Frank De Winne qui représente la BELGIQUE à bord de L'ISS et cela pour 6 mois. Bon travail et merçi Frank.
A bientôt par contact radio.
Robert
ON4LDR
Vice président BELGIAN AIR FORCE AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION

Posted by Robert June 6, 09 06:36 AM
117.

So, you think you'll be able to carry our Americans for awhile?

Posted by Barack Obama July 11, 09 07:47 PM
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Salve a grande (big) mãe (mother) Russia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous July 27, 09 12:13 PM
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Simplesmente fantástico!!!!

Posted by Luiz Bittencourt August 14, 09 08:53 PM
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Ya gotta love 'em!

Posted by Bob Coon August 31, 09 12:15 AM
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Los felicito .... un gran trabajo, Misión Una gran ... Mis respetos para todos los cosmonautas y las personas que Hicieron posible que llegarán tan lejos y que regresarán sanos y salvos ..

Posted by J.Tamez December 4, 09 06:21 PM
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@Cliff Kott :Russia builds some of the best rocket engines ever made, even the USA wants to use them http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RD-180

And for those that think that the American tax payer is paying for other countrys space programs, you should remember that the money you spend gets spent in the USA on the expensive stuff that USA likes to use

Also, there is no secerets when it comes to rocketry, people outside the US have brains aswell, and how on is Russia going to use Soyuz to destroy you?

The cold war is over....get over it

Posted by Bob job November 4, 10 09:19 PM
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São formidáveis estas fotos.

The launch is fantastic.

Ramos, from Brazil

Posted by Ramos M December 5, 10 06:45 PM
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