baikonur cosmodrome

baikonur cosmodrome

Baikonur Space Tourist

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Trip report of my trip to Baikonur for the launch of Soyuz TMA-03M with Andre Kuipers, Don Pettit and Oleg Kononeko, 17 - 24 December 2011. Cut out of 20 minutes of raw material, mostly shaky and somewhat candid shots from the car, plus a surreal visit to a restaurant, my Dutch national TV appearance and the launch from my own two cameras (there is much better launch footage from more professional folks here on YouTube). My intention with this short film is to show the audience that Baikonur is remote, cold and large. A visit means a lot of cold, a lot of driving over long roads through the prairie, but also very exciting visits to human spaceflight history. My trip is December 2011 felt mostly surreal. The remoteness, cold and language barrier, mixed with excitement and a total sense of history and relevance makes for an unusual adventure. Enjoy!