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Carrier Rocket Proton-M transportation to the launch pad

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October 14 at 12:37 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to start Proton-M with the upper stage Breeze-M and telecommunication spacecraft Intelsat 23.

According to cyclogram flight at 12:46 Moscow time was divested head unit (upper stage Breeze-M and Intelsat 23) from the third stage of the launch vehicle.

Intelsat 23 mission was the eighth Proton launch of 2012 and the 380-Proton flight overall. This is the sixth year for the commercial mission and 75 ILS Proton mission since the Proton April 1996 first commercial flight. Intelsat is the fifth satellite launched with Proton. In addition, Intelsat 23 fifth-orbit satellite launched by Proton.

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A: Carrier Rocket Proton-M transportation to the launch pad

by Andrew Bodrov, 30 meters away

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

Carrier Rocket Proton-M transportation to the launch pad

B: Carrier Rocket Proton-M on the launch pad

by Andrew Bodrov, 30 meters away

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

C: Carrier Rocket Proton-M on the launch pad

by Andrew Bodrov, 30 meters away

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

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

by Andrew Bodrov, 50 meters away

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

E: Carrier Rocket Proton-M transportation to the launch pad

by Andrew Bodrov, 50 meters away

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

Carrier Rocket Proton-M transportation to the launch pad

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

by Andrew Bodrov, 90 meters away

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

G: Launch Site: Baikonur, Pad 81, Launcher 24

by Andrew Bodrov, 270 meters away

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

Launch Site: Baikonur, Pad 81, Launcher 24

H: Carrier Rocket Proton-M transportation to the launch pad

by Andrew Bodrov, 420 meters away

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

Carrier Rocket Proton-M transportation to the launch pad

This panorama was taken in Kazakhstan, 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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