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Located on a Top Secret Russian Rocket/Missile Base in Central Asia
Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in central Kazakhstan is one of the most prolific launch sites in the world. Once part of the Soviet Union, this base was extremely classified. The Russians established this base in the mid 1950’s, but its location at Tyuratam, was not discovered by U.S. U-2 flights until the summer of 1957. The Soviets denied its existence until 1961, when they had to disclose the starting point of Yuri Gagarin (the first man into space) for registration in the record books. They stated that it was launched from Baikonur (350 miles from its actual launch pad). Thus, the site came to be called Baikonur. The Mir Space Station, Sputnik, Buran and components for the ISS were launched from here. Poyekhali (pronounced Pie-yuck-a-lee) is Russian for ‘Let’s go’ and was what Yuri Gagarin said when asked if he was ready for launch. For more information on Russian Launch Sites see (visit link)
These coordinates are for Area 81 (Launch Pad 23/24) where most of the Mir Space Station modules were launched. These pads are still utilized for Military, Federal and commercial launches. Because of the nature of this facility, the cache has to be very benign so as not to alarm the military and FSA (formerly known as the KGB).
[To access this base you must be on the Russian access list. The general population will not be granted access. However, organized tours, satellite processing teams, VIPs, ISS personnel and the media are regularly granted access to this area.] Gur pnpur vf ybpngrq va gur Cebgba Ebpxrg fgngvp qvfcynl zbqry va sebag bs gur Cebgba Pyho.
Last Updated: on 11/6/2013 6:21:43 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:21 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum