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Russian and Chinese Media Visit Vostochny Cosmodrome

Vostochny Cosmodrome
Vostochny Cosmodrome (CC 4.0)

Russian and Chinese media paid a visit to the technical complex and a launch pad of the Vostochny spaceport in Russia’s Far East earlier this week. The journalists first visited Uglegorsk, a small village that will soon become part of the Tsiolkovsky science city, according to TASS.

After paying a visit to the cosmonautics museum and monuments to Russian cosmonaut and first man in space Yuri Gagarin and rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the reporters visited the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft. The deputy director of a branch of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Alexander Molchanov told reporters, "The meeting of journalists of two countries at the cosmodrome shows our openness and drive to develop international cooperation."

The next stop for the reporters was the technical complex designed for building final state rockets for launch vehicles, then ended their tour with a visit to the Tsiolkovsky science city currently under construction.

The development of the Vostochny space center in the Amur region was started back in 2010. A Soyuz-2.1 a rocket was successfully launched from the Vostochny spaceport for the first time back in late April. The center is slated to become the first national facility for civilian space launches, according to officials.