Since stand-alone operations are well underway, part of the Astrium team was able to take advantage of great weather and a break in their schedule to visit to the Gagarin Museum at Baikonur Cosmodrome. The museum was recently renovated and everyone was looking forward to the new exhibits: a display honoring its namesake, Russian cosmonaut and national hero, Yuri Gagarin and a full-scale model of the Buran, the Russian built version of the space shuttle. The history of the Russian rocket and space era is chronicled in great detail at the museum; over 50 years of Cosmodrome history is on display. There was even a section dedicated to ILS memorabilia and former ILS campaign team photos. Thank you Khrunichev for this incredible visit!

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