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Final Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on July 8 2011. For those space enthusiats who are interested in attending a most unique space-related event, you should consider an organized trip to the Baikonur Cosmodrome to witness a manned-Soyuz launch.

The next "Manned launch" of a Russian "Soyuz TMA-22" rocket with 3 crew members: Anton Shkaplerov (Russia), Anatoly Ivanishin (Russia) and Daniel Burbank (NASA/USA) will take place on September 22, 2011 (current confirmed date) from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Preliminary dates of the program are September 19-23, 2011.

If you're interested in participating on this exciting tour, please send your name, and we will send you standard questionnaire (name, passport number, job, address) in order for us to process and obtain all necessary permits for visiting the Baikonur cosmodrome. The application must be competed and received at least 45 days before the cosmodrome visit.

Reservations and a 10% pre-payment ($ 375 USD) for the upcoming September 2011 launch must be submitted by August 15, 2011. As a tourism event, travel to participate in the main activities leading up to a manned-rocket launch into space is not available tourists to with any other countries space agencies.

The goal of this trip is to provide all travelers the opportunity to entirely feel the thrilling atmosphere of the preparations to the launch of the spacecraft and to participate in all the main events of this period!

Events associated with a Soyuz rocket launch include the following* :
Roll-out of the Soyuz rocket Baikonur cosmodrome Roll-out of the Russian Soyuz rocket from the assembly building and its mounting on the launch pad.
Press conference with Soyuz main crew (Soyuz TMA-02M: Michael Fossum Sergei Volkov, Satoshi Furukawa) and back-up crew (Soyuz TMA-02M: Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko, Andre Kuipers) at Baikonur Cosmonaut hotel Press-conference with main and back-up Soyuz crews.
Soyuz TMA-02M / Expedition 28 to the International Space Station crew: NASA Flight Engineer Mike Fossum, Soyuz Commander Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa are seen during a press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Participate in the farewell ceremony of the cosmonauts from the hotel to the cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-02M crew makes their official report of readiness before getting on the bus to the rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome Observing Ready-to-go official report of readiness of the crew before getting on the bus to the rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-02M lifts off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 8, 2011 with three new Expedition 28 crew members: NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa Watch Soyuz rocket liftoff from a distance of approx. 1.1 mile/1,800 meters, (versus NASA space shuttle launch closest viewing distance of 6-7 miles).
*Note: Some tour features may be subject to change.


Program of this tour also will include:
  • Round Trip charter flight Moscow-Baikonur-Moscow
  • Ground transfers to/from hotel
  • Hotel accomodations
  • 3 complete meals per day
  • Guided assistance
  • Sightseeing in the city of Baikonur
  • All necessary permits for visiting the cosmodrome
  • Photo/video shooting permission
We can also provide Russian VISA (seperate fee required), as well as services for travel within Russia including air, hotel, and sightseeing tours.

From:
$ 3,750 US Dollar / per person (no single supplement)
Discount price for groups of 10 or more.

Send your reservations and requests to the WTZ Baikonur Cosmodrome Tour

Photos below are recent Baikonur tour (June 4-June 8, 2011) with observation of the launch of Soyuz TMA-02M spaceship. Expedition 28 to the International Space Station crew: NASA Flight Engineer Mike Fossum, Soyuz Commander Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa.
Roll-out of the Soyuz rocket Baikonur cosmodrome
Roll-out of the Soyuz rocket, Baikonur
Soyuz spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad Baikonur cosmodrome
Soyuz spacecraft on its way to the launch pad
Soyuz rocket makes its way to the launch site at Baikonur Cosmodrome by rail
Soyuz rocket makes its way by rail
Soyuz rocket moves to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome
Soyuz rocket moves to the launch pad
Soyuz rocket mounting on the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome
Soyuz rocket mounting on the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome
Soyuz rocket is erected into position at the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome
Soyuz rocket is erected into position at the launch pad
Press conference with Soyuz main crew (Soyuz TMA-02M: Michael Fossum Sergei Volkov, Satoshi Furukawa) and back-up crew (Soyuz TMA-02M: Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko, Andre Kuipers) at Baikonur Cosmonaut hotel
Press conference with Soyuz crew at Baikonur Cosmonaut hotel
Soyuz TMA-02M / Expedition 28 to the International Space Station crew: NASA Flight Engineer Mike Fossum, Soyuz Commander Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa are seen during a press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
Soyuz TMA-02M / Exp 28 to the International Station crew.
Soyuz TMA-02M crew dons their spacesuits and suit pressurization check before the launch
Soyuz crew dons their spacesuits and suit pressurization check
Soyuz TMA-02M crew makes their official report of readiness before getting on the bus to the rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome
Soyuz crew makes their official report of readiness at Baikonur
Soyuz TMA-02M lifts off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 8, 2011 with three new Expedition 28 crew members: NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa
Soyuz TMA-02M lifts off from Baikonur on June 8, 2011
Russian Soyuz TMA-02M lifts off for the International space station Mike Fossum, Sergei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa will meet NASA final Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-135
Soyuz lifts off for the International space station


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