View Full Version : Perfect Circle Border - rented by Russia discussion

09-07-2006, 06:20 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile20795/Perfect-Circle-Border---rented-by-Russia.htm>Perfect Circle Border - rented by Russia</a></b><br><br>Baikonur (Kazakh: Байқоңыр; Russian: Байкону&amp;#1088<img src="images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" />, formerly known as Leninsk, is a city in Kazakhstan rented and administered by Russia. It was constructed to service the Baikonur Cosmodrome and was officially renamed Baikonur by Boris Yeltsin on December 20, 1995.<br />
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The original Baikonur is a mining town a few hundred kilometres northeast. The launch site was given this name to cause confusion and keep the location secret. The name Baikonur is Kazakh for &quot;wealthy brown&quot;, i.e. &quot;fertile land with many herbs&quot;. Another possible contributing factor is that the old name of the area, Tyuratam (or Turatam) means &quot;broken arrow,&quot; which could be seen as inappropriate for a space base. The railway station there, however, predates the base, and keeps the old name.<br />
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baikonur<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/751224Clipboard05.jpg>

09-07-2006, 06:36 PM
At http://www.russianspaceweb.com/baikonur.html

Fairly good resolution in this area... Wonder why? ;)