Panoramic Baikonur flyby: Take an exclusive bird’s-eye view tour of the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

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Helicopter footage captured a bird’s eye view of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, displaying the spaceport’s surroundings including the retractable rocket tower, testing facilities and the launch pad.

The cosmodrome was originally built by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s as the base of operations for the Soviet space program. Russia now rents it under a lease valid until 2050. The cosmodrome spans over 7,000 square kilometres (2,700 square miles).

The next manned expedition from Baikonur to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for December 3.

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