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Best Of 2011

(December 16th – 31st, 2011)

Christian Braut

Château Louis XIV

Andrew Bodrov

Soyuz Rocket Launch

Baikonur, Kazakhstan

August 24, 2011, 13:00 UTC (18:00 local time)

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© 2011 Andrew Bodrov, All Rights Reserved.

For the first time in the history of launching spacecraft in Russia I shot interactive 360° spherical panoramas during the launch a Soyuz-U rocket carrying an unmanned Progress M-THC 12M cargo vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Unfortunately, due to an engine failure, it never reached orbit and crashed in Siberia just 340 seconds after launch.

While this was bad news for the international space industry Andrew's panoramas brought more media and public attention to Russia's role as the gateway to the International Space Station. Andrew's panoramas are featured in DER SPIEGEL's iPad issue number 35.
You can find interactive version of panoramas here:


You can also see panoramas of the main memorial sites of the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on this page.
Taken with a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR, Canon 15mm lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5. Stitched with PTGui.

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