Posted 10/16/2012 12:10 AM by Steven Lee | Comments
Our Russian adventure began this morning with a 10-minute-early
departure from DIA. Four of us (two DMNS staff and two
friends of the Museum) are onboard this flight to
Chicago. From there, it's on to Frankfurt then Moscow.
We're all looking forward to meeting the other six members of our
group at the hotel in Moscow - about twenty hours from now.
We'll catch our breath in Moscow for a few days, then board a
chartered Russian Air Force plane to Baikonour, Kazahkstan on
Saturday morning. This is the main Russian launch facility,
from which the first artificial satellite (Sputnik 1) was launched
in 1957 and the first human to orbit Earth (Yuri Gagarin) was
launched in 1961. Having grown up watching the "Space Race"
between the United States and the former Soviet Union in the 1960's
and 1970's, I can't wait to spend some time in this long "off
limits to Westerners" part of the world! The main event we've
come all this way to see -- the launch of the next crew to the
International Space Station -- is targeted for late afternoon on
Oct. 23 (twelve hours earlier in Denver). There'll be lots of
"space things" to see and do before then, so stay tuned for more
updates (hopefully with some pictures and videos)!