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Postcard From Baikonur: The World’s First Spaceport​

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A look at the history and habitat of the inhospitable home of space travel: Baikonur Cosmodrome.
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In a hostile natural environment environment, and over 400 km away from the original ‘Baikonur’ in a place first called Tyuratam, Baikonur Cosmodrome has a special place in space travel history. It has been the launch site of hundreds of missions off our planet, from Sputnik, Laika and Gagarin and to Tim Peake.

As Tim Peake set sail for the ISS, 2003 Christmas Lecturer Monica Grady was there to watch the launch. We take a look at the history of the enigmatic town that is the home of space travel.

‘A Place Called Space’ is the 2015 Royal Institution advent calendar. Every day in the run up to Christmas we'll be releasing an original piece of content exploring the human experience and cultural significance of space travel. With hand-drawn animations, experiments in zero gravity, interviews with astronauts and creative data visualisations, the calendar will fire you into space every morning.

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