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Monument to Lenin

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A: Stella "Science and Space"

od Andrew Bodrov, 470 meters away

Stella "Science and Space"

B: Gagarin Gazebo. Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin (Roscosmos) and Christopher Cassidy (NASA)

od Andrew Bodrov, 590 meters away

Members of the crew 33/34 long expedition to the ISS - Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin (Roscosmo...

Gagarin Gazebo.  Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin (Roscosmos) and Christopher Cassidy (NASA)

C: Lay flowers at the Monument to Sergei Korolev

od Andrew Bodrov, 720 meters away

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the backup Expedition 33/34 crewmembers lay some flowers at the Monument to ...

Lay flowers at the Monument to Sergei Korolev

D: Monument to Sergei Korolev

od Andrew Bodrov, 730 meters away

Monument to Sergei Korolev

E: Monument to Abai Qunanbaiuli

od Andrew Bodrov, 760 meters away

Monument to Abai Qunanbaiuli

F: The Church of St. George the Victorious

od Andrew Bodrov, 990 meters away

The Church of St. George the Victorious

G: Monument to the railwaymen's of cosmodrome

od Andrew Bodrov, 1.1 km daleko

Monument to the railwaymen's of cosmodrome

H: Interview members of the 33/34-y long expedition to the ISS

od Andrew Bodrov, 1.2 km daleko

Morning, October 11 2012 at the end of Flag-raising ceremony in Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Cente...

Interview members of the 33/34-y long expedition to the ISS

I: Crews have raised flags

od Andrew Bodrov, 1.2 km daleko

Morning, October 11 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center was held fla...

Crews have raised flags

J: Crews have raised flags

od Andrew Bodrov, 1.3 km daleko

Morning, October 11 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center was held fla...

Crews have raised flags

This panorama was taken in Baikonur, Asia

This is an overview of Asia

Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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