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Crews have raised flags

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Morning, October 11 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center was held flag raising ceremony of states participating in the program of flight crews 33/34-y long expedition to the ISS. Oleg Novitsky, Eugene Tarelkin, Kevin Ford, Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin and Christopher Cassidy raised the flags of Russia, the U.S. and Kazakhstan.

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A: Crews have raised flags

by Andrew Bodrov, 10 meters away

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

Crews have raised flags

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

by Andrew Bodrov, 20 meters away

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

C: The Church of St. George the Victorious

by Andrew Bodrov, 280 meters away

The Church of St. George the Victorious

D: The booster "Soyuz"

by Andrew Bodrov, 450 meters away

The booster "Soyuz"

E: The booster "Soyuz"

by Andrew Bodrov, 450 meters away

The booster "Soyuz"

F: The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur

by Andrew Bodrov, 610 meters away

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

The cosmonauts and children of Baikonur

G: Lay flowers at the Monument to Sergei Korolev

by Andrew Bodrov, 650 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

H: Monument to Sergei Korolev

by Andrew Bodrov, 650 meters away

Monument to Sergei Korolev

I: In front of the Monument to Yuri Gagarin

by Andrew Bodrov, 670 meters away

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

J: Monument to Yuri Gagarin

by Andrew Bodrov, 680 meters away

Monument to Yuri Gagarin

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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