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In front of the Monument to Yuri Gagarin

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In Baikonur, Kazakhstan, the backup Expedition 33/34 crewmembers pose in front of the Monument to Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space.

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A: Monument to Yuri Gagarin

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 10 mètres

Monument to Yuri Gagarin

B: The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 80 mètres

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

The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur

C: The booster "Soyuz"

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 330 mètres

The booster "Soyuz"

D: The booster "Soyuz"

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 340 mètres

The booster "Soyuz"

E: Monument to pioneers

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 610 mètres

Monument to pioneers

F: Crews have raised flags

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 670 mètres

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

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 670 mètres

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

Crews have raised flags

H: Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 680 mètres

Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)

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

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 690 mètres

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

J: Monument to Mikhail Yangel

Par Andrew Bodrov, à 730 mètres

Monument to Mikhail Yangel

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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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