Can you visit Baikonur Cosmodrome?

The easiest way to visit Baikonur (and the only way to visit the cosmodrome) is by guided tour. Prices vary wildly but are always steep: a one-day tour starting from Almaty starts from US$700 per person, while a multi-day excursion from Moscow can easily cost US$5000.

What is Baikonur Cosmodrome famous for?

The Cosmodrome is the world’s first spaceport for orbital and human launches and the largest (in area) operational space launch facility. All crewed Russian spaceflights are launched from Baikonur.

What happened in Baikonur cosmodrome in 1957?

Space-age pad The first successful space launch from Baikonur is also the first successful space launch of a satellite —Sputnik-1, which left Earth on Oct. 4, 1957. The cosmodrome only officially received the name “Baikonur,” however, after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin went into space on April 12, 1961 — also a world first.

Where is the world’s oldest still operational space launch facility located?

Baikonur Cosmodrome complex
About Baikonur Cosmodrome complex Satellite view is showing the Baikonur Cosmodrome complex, the world’s oldest and largest operational space launch facility, located about 200 km (125 mi) east of the Aral Sea, on the north bank of the Syr Darya river, near the town of Tyuratam (Tyuratum).

Why did the Soviets want to keep their launch site at Baikonur Cosmodrome so secretive?

It was built at the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, when Russia was part of the Soviet Union and the Space Age was just starting. The Soviets built a secret space facility that they called Baikonur, to make the West think the site was near a small mining town that shared that name.

Why do spaceships land in Kazakhstan?

Originally Answered: Why astronauts always land in Kazakhstan? Soyuz crew modules land in Kazakhstan because that is where the Baikonur Cosmodrome is located. The Cosmodrome has the facilities, equipment, and personnel that are needed to support launch and recovery operations.

What country is Baikonur Cosmodrome in?


Baikonur Baiqoŋyr/Байқоныр (Kazakh) Байконур (Russian)
Country Kazakhstan Russia (administered)
Founded 1955
Incorporated (city) 1966

Where is the Baikonur Cosmodrome?

Baikonur Cosmodrome, also spelled Baykonur, Baykonyr, or Bajkonur, also called Tyuratam or Turatam, former Soviet and current Russian space centre in south-central Kazakhstan.