One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the countries of the former Soviet Union) a launching site for spacecraft.
- ‘The satellite will be carried into space from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by a Soyuz launcher.’
- ‘Plesetsk has an excellent record as more than 2000 orbital launches have taken place at the cosmodrome since the early 1960s.’
- ‘A single tourist accompanied by one astronaut could go on each trip in a modified Soyuz-TMA capsule - to be launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.’
- ‘They went to the cosmodrome at Plesetsk, along with other young scientists from Edinburgh and Zurich and a party from the European Space Agency.’
- ‘The first will rise from the Baikonur cosmodrome by the end of 2005.’
- ‘The Edusat was launched from the Sriharikota cosmodrome on September 20.’
- ‘Publicity photo before training began at the cosmodrome.’
- ‘The next crew of the International Space Station is preparing to launch on 1 October from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.’
- ‘Soyuz vehicles will launch both spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.’
- ‘The Baikonur cosmodrome was constructed in the 1950s and is the world's oldest working launch site.’
- ‘The Baikonur cosmodrome has been the launch site of all of the Russian piloted spaceflights, including Sputnik 1 and this Soyuz-TM rocket.’
- ‘It was not clear why the capsule missed its target site in Kazakhstan, home of the former Soviet space programme where Russia now leases its main facility, the Baikonur cosmodrome.’
- ‘The first of the two launches will be performed from the Baikonur cosmodrome by the end of 2005.’
1950s: from cosmo- + drome, on the pattern of aerodrome.
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