A Place Called Space
Day 24

Supported by Wellcome Trust

Postcard from Baikonur

Tim Peake launched into space from Baikonur, the world's first and largest operational spaceport. We take a look at the unique space travel history of this special place.

In a hostile natural environment environment, and over 400 km away from the original ‘Baikonur’, Baikonur Cosmodrome has a special place in space travel history. It has been the launch site of hundreds of missions off our planet, from Sputnik, Laika and Gagarin and to Tim Peake.

As Tim Peake set sail for the ISS, 2003 Christmas Lecturer Monica Grady was there to watch the launch. We take a look at the history of the enigmatic town that is the home of space travel.

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