The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur
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The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur

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

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A: In front of the Monument to Yuri Gagarin

por Andrew Bodrov, 80 metros de distancia

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

B: Monument to Yuri Gagarin

por Andrew Bodrov, 90 metros de distancia

Monument to Yuri Gagarin

C: The booster "Soyuz"

por Andrew Bodrov, 320 metros de distancia

The booster "Soyuz"

D: The booster "Soyuz"

por Andrew Bodrov, 340 metros de distancia

The booster "Soyuz"

E: Monument to pioneers

por Andrew Bodrov, 590 metros de distancia

Monument to pioneers

F: Crews have raised flags

por Andrew Bodrov, 610 metros de distancia

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

Crews have raised flags

G: Crews have raised flags

por Andrew Bodrov, 620 metros de distancia

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

Crews have raised flags

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

por Andrew Bodrov, 630 metros de distancia

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: Stella "Glory to the Conquerors of Space"

por Andrew Bodrov, 740 metros de distancia

Stella "Glory to the Conquerors of Space"

J: Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)

por Andrew Bodrov, 750 metros de distancia

Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)

Este panorama fue tomado en Baikonur, Asia

Esta es una vista general de 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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