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  • Without a doubt, this was one of the most memorable days of my life!  We were positioned within an arm's reach of the crew as they left their sleeping quarters and again, a few hours later, as they walked by in their space suits to board their bus to the launch pad.  It was amazing t…
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  • Watching Soyuz Roll By

    Posted 10/21/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    Our ride to Baikonour Cosmodrome started bright and early (6am).  We parked our van near the Soyuz assembly building, and were waved through a gate.  My jaw dropped when I saw that we were being told to stand near a barrier about 20 feet from a rail track and an electric locomotive;&…
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  • Where It All Began

    Posted 10/20/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    We've arrived at Baikonour Cosmodrome -- where the Space Age began when the USSR launched the first artificial Earth satellite in 1957.  Certainly feels like a pilgrimage!  Also feels a long way from home, as we're now 12 hours ahead of Denver ... Baikonour itself is a small city (…
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  • Leaving for Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay October 20 for 4 days of polar bears.  Hopefully we'll see some other wildlife like arctic hares and foxes.  I'll post pics when I get back.
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  • Planes Galore

    Posted 10/19/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    Curator of planetary science Steve Lee has just embarked on a rare adventure to enter the once highly classified world of Russian space travel as a privileged guest. He and and a small group of Museum staff and guests will explore Star City, outside of Moscow, the premier training fa…
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  • We spent most of today on the outskirts of Moscow at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center -- also known as Star City. This is the once top-secret facility where all cosmonauts have been trained since the beginning of the Space Age. Since crew members of all nationalities are now launched…
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  • Made it to Moscow

    Posted 10/17/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    We made it to Moscow safe and sound a bit after noon today.  Even our luggage arrived on time -- a major plus!  One major impression so far -- Moscow's traffic is amazingly congested!  It took us nearly two hours to reach our hotel from the airport.  Definitely not a place …
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  • Curator of planetary science Steve Lee has just embarked on a rare adventure to enter the once highly classified world of Russian space travel as a privileged guest. He and and a small group of Museum staff and guests will explore Star City, outside of Moscow, the premier training facility for…
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