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Baikonur: Vestiges of the Soviet Space Programme

Baikonur: Vestiges of the Soviet Space Programme

Author(s): Jonk

Location(s): Kyzylorda

Genre(s): Photography

Era(s): Contemporary

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The first ever collection of photographs showing in detail the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world’s most important urban exploration site.

The Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was created by the Soviets in the 1950s. It was from Baikonur in 1988 that the first Soviet spaceplane, Buran, was launched in response to the United States Space Shuttle. The Buran programme would officially end in 1993 during the presidency of Boris Yeltsin, with only one Buran launch ever taking place, in 1998. Thereafter, parts of the Baikonur Cosmodrome fell into disuse, notably the sites connected with the launch of these Soviet craft. The two shuttles that were completed remain abandoned there, laid to rest in this atmospheric place. This is the first time that photographs of these spectacular locations have been published in a book. Jonk travelled 20km through the Kazakh desert under cover of night, entered the hangars clandestinely, and spent three nights there under the radar of military security to produce a truly incredible photographic reportage of what is considered today the world’s most important urban exploration site. Jonk reveals his excellent collection of photographs taken in the disused part of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. As well as providing us with these amazing pictures, he describes the incredible adventure of visiting a location that is unique in the world.

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Author: Tina Hartas

This coffee table book is a perfect choice for anyone who is interested in the Soviet era, space travel and who loves great and evocative photography. I know little about space aspect but short...

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