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Soyuz with Progress M-12M spaceship start of 24.08.2011

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B: Stella "Glory to the Conquerors of Space"

od Andrew Bodrov, 31.2 km daleko

Stella "Glory to the Conquerors of Space"

C: Monument to pioneers

od Andrew Bodrov, 31.4 km daleko

Monument to pioneers

D: The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur

od Andrew Bodrov, 32.0 km daleko

The Expedition 33/34 backup crew take part in a pre-launch ceremony in Baikonur, Kazakhstan

The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur

E: Monument to Yuri Gagarin

od Andrew Bodrov, 32.0 km daleko

Monument to Yuri Gagarin

F: In front of the Monument to Yuri Gagarin

od Andrew Bodrov, 32.0 km daleko

In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the backup Expedition 33/34 crewmembers pose in front of the Monument to Yur...

In front of the Monument to Yuri Gagarin

G: Proton-M, part rotated to the vertical position

od Andrew Bodrov, 32.3 km daleko

October 14 at 12:37 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to start Proton-M with the...

Proton-M, part rotated to the vertical position

H: Carrier Rocket Proton-M on the launch pad

od Andrew Bodrov, 32.3 km daleko

October 14 at 12:37 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to start Proton-M with the...

Carrier Rocket Proton-M on the launch pad

I: The booster "Soyuz"

od Andrew Bodrov, 32.3 km daleko

The booster "Soyuz"

J: The launch of Proton-M rocket with Intelsat 23 satellite

od Andrew Bodrov, 32.3 km daleko

October 14 at 12:37 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to start Proton-M with the...

The launch of Proton-M rocket with Intelsat 23 satellite

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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