Theme Week Kazakhstan – Baikonur

23 November 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum © - Ninara/cc-by-2.0

Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum © – Ninara/cc-by-2.0

Baikonur, formerly known as Leninsk (see Tyuratam), is a city of republic significance on the Northern bank of the Syr Darya river, rented and administered by the Russian Federation. It was constructed to service the Baikonur Cosmodrome and was officially renamed Baikonur by Russian president Boris Yeltsin on December 20, 1995. During the Soviet period, it was sometimes referred to as Zvezdograd (Star City). The rented area is an ellipse measuring 90 kilometres (56 mi) east to west by 85 km (53 mi) north to south, with the cosmodrome situated at the area’s centre.   read more…

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