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Soyuz lift-off Baikonur

REFRESHING HISTORY - MARK RIGBY (AU) - SOYUZ TMA-09M

Dear crew of SPACE AFFAIRS,

I have been home for just a few hours.

The trip was wonderful. With Star City, I did get to see things I had not before.

The air force museum was amazing!
And, of course, Baikonur and the on time spectacular night launch was terrific. It was a little confusing on finding out our distance. As I was about to go on air with ABC radio in Australia, one of our group, I was told by an ESA official that we were just 900 m from the pad. Another rescue person said about 1 km. And the NASA fellows the next days were confused - one put us nearly a few kilometres and another at over two.

But Ksenia said about 1.8 km. I've to find the viewing structure on satellite images!

On Friday, I met up again with Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's great grandson Sergey Samburov and we toured the Cosmonautics Museum and then went together to Korolev's home and were shown around by the Director - ropes taken away, so I could look more closely in the rooms and take photos.

When I went in 2008, I couldn't take photos. By the way, as a children Sergey remembers well Korolev, Gagarin and the other early cosmonauts coming to their home on various occasions.

I will do an online photo album when I find some time and forward you details.

Thank you again for all your assistance. It was a pleasure!

Best wishes,
Mark - Participant SPACE AFFAIRS Soyuz TMA-09M lift-off Expedtion, May 2013.

Mark Rigby is the curator of the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane Australia - http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planetarium

Here is the link to the live broadcast with Brisbane radio station 613 ABC Brisbane what Mark gave from the launchpad just minutes before the lift-off of Soyuz TMA-09M on May 26, 2013: Brisbane Planetarium boss at Soyuz launch (ISS crew) in Kazakstan




Roll out to the Gagarinsky Launchpad - Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby On the Gagarinsky launchpad- Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Press conference prime & backup cres- Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby End of press conference prime & backup crew- Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Walk out Karen L. Nyberg, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Luca Permitano - Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Night launch of Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Cleared the tower - Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Yuri Gagarin's cottage - Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Yuri Gagarin's sleeping room in the cottage - Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Yuri Gagarin's office Star City - Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby Sergey Samburov (Grandson of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky) & Mark Rigby  - Soyuz TMA-09M - by Mark Rigby



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