Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan

Most people would know that the Soviets once led the space race, sending the first satellite into space and, in 1961, sending the first human into space. Both of these historic flights were launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome which, since the Soviet Union broke up, is located in Kazakhstan. Whilst the Cosmodrome is named after the Kazakh town of Baikonur it is actually 400 kilometres southwest of that town, closer to Tyuratam which is a railhead. Now that the Soviet Union is no more, Baikonur is no longer the restricted area that it once was, and it is now possible to visit the Cosmodrome, with guided tours being relatively easy to arrange. Baikonur is both the worlds oldest and the largest space facility, although its history alone is well worth the effort of visiting the Cosmodrome. . . . → Read More: Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan