None of your friends have been to this place but you have a chance




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Modern people travel a lot and spread in social networks your photo from different parts of the world. But the pictures, for example, from Baikonur rarely seen despite the fact that to get to one of the main platforms of the world of space would many, this is not so simple. But if you have a Mastercard®, you become the exception to this rule!

Program Mastercard Priceless Cities®in cooperation with "National Geographic Russia" give you the unique opportunity to go on an expedition to Baikonur cosmodrome to witness the launch of the space Shuttle. This event will be envied by all your friends! Be sure to register on the program website Mastercard Priceless Cities® prior to 9 October for your chance to win one of three trips for two to the Baikonur cosmodrome from 15 to 18 November* (flights, accommodation and meals are already included in the program)!








Just imagine: you spend the crew of the ship, and then from the special viewing platform to observe the start of the spacecraft "SOYUZ MS-03"! And that's not all! During an expedition to Baikonur you will visit the International space school, you will have a tour of the Museum of the cosmodrome, you will see the orbital ship "Buran" and you are even allowed to sit in the cockpit at the controls! In addition, you will be able to look at the memorial house of the legendary cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

Back from travels pleasant not only bright impressions, but also with great photos and videotrope! Therefore, the chief photographer of "National Geographic Russia" will teach you a panoramic and night photography and will help to take high-quality video of space Shuttle launch. Will have something to brag to your friends!

And that you came prepared, the Website offers an opportunity to learn some interesting facts about the Baikonur cosmodrome. So there you go!

The beginning of the space age






Baikonur is one of the main launch sites of the world of space. In October 1957 from the cosmodrome launched the world's first artificial Earth satellite under the code name "PS-1" ("Simplest Sputnik — 1").

"Let's go!"






Is the layout of the spacecraft "Vostok-1" on which in April 1961 Yuri Gagarin first flew into space and did a full revolution around the Earth.

Few people know that Gagarin was the first after landing met no military doctors, and the wife of the Forester Anna (Iniciat) Takhtarova and her six-year-old granddaughter Rita (Rumia). Due to a failure in the braking system of the first cosmonaut landed not in the area of the Baikonur cosmodrome, and the 2800 km to the West, in the Saratov region, not far from Engels.

The first test






The launching of the ship "Union TMA-3" from the starting complex No. 1. In 1960, the same complex on the rocket of the same family went into space Belka and Strelka. First Belka and Strelka were other names — Albina Marquis. But then, at the request of the commander of the rocket forces dog names replaced with foreign on Russian.

Baikonur is the world leader





Baikonur remains the world leader in number of launches. In the 50 years since it was launched more than 1,500 spacecrafts for various purposes, around 100 Intercontinental ballistic missiles. It is from this spaceport more than 130 domestic and foreign astronauts went to explore the cosmos.

* Travel dates can be changed if you change the date of the launch of "SOYUZ MS-03".

Photos on the preview belchonock, SPL/East News


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