Baikonur. Where it all began.
Our idea is simple. We want to photograph the beauty of this mysterious city in which space exploration was born, collect photos in a photobook and share it with all the fans of the space. Also, some copies of the photobook will be given to public libraries, associations and Aerospace Engineering universities that will request it first.
Yes, that’s right, we want to go to Baikonur!
Who are we?
We are a team of Italian astronautics fans, space experts and journalists.
We want to discover together the home city of the space era, promote and spread aerospace culture, and remember 60 years of space explorations through photos.
The beginning of the space era All Soviet Union’s legendary space odysseys began from a single point on the map: the Baikonur Cosmodrome, lying in the middle of the endless Kazakh steppe. The first artificial satellite of the Earth, the first craft to approach to the Moon, and the first manned orbital craft spacecraft were all launched here, making Baikonur a leading symbol of the space age. In 60 years of space exploration, mankind lived a true technology revolution. Still as of today half a century after the Sputnik, missions start from this incredible and mysterious city in the middle of the steppe: Baikonur. It’s a legendary location, where every road, every street and every park is about the outer space.
We’ll visit monuments of Yuri Gagarin and Sergej Korolev, of huge rockets that took humans and satellites in space.
Stories and legends
Built in all secrecy, the remote Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has been the departure point for Soviet and Russian space missions ever since the 1950s. However, the history of the space center is also full of surreal stories and legends. The secret path to the stars Mankind took its first step to the stars on January 12, 1955. On that day, two carriages that arrived at the small railway station in Tyuratam were detached from the rest of the train and left there. A group of people wearing half-length uniform coats stepped out. It was the advance team preparing for the arrival of the main corps of the builders of Baikonur. It is said that when the Soviet Union’s main space rocket designer, Sergei Korolev, arrived at the site and saw a new railway track leading from the Tyuratam station into the steppe, he gave order to start building the launch pad right where the track ended. Still not happy, the Soviet officials who oversaw the project then went ahead and ordered to build a whole decoy town in the nearby of the decoy space center along with the shells of schools, shops, and apartment blocks. That is how the location was chosen for Gagarin’s start, Baikonur’s first launch pad. The rail that was built back in the early 20th century is still being used to transport space rockets to their launch positions.
What will the photobook look like?
You will receive a 40-page photobook featuring photos of Baikonur with explanatory captions Size: 21 x 21 cm / 8,4 x 8,4 inches (approximately)
How will we use the money?
- 450€ for the layout of the photobook made by professional graphic designers.
- 250€ for the first copies to be donated to public libraries and universities of Aerospace Engineering all around Italy.
- 100€ for the journalists who will help us to write and translate the captions from Italian to English.
- 180€ to promote the photobook on the internet with a dedicated website.
Risks and challenges
First of all, our challenge is travelling to Baikonur. The city is in the hard-to-reach heart of the Kazak steppe, and the temperature is likely to be very high in the Summer.
The pictures will be only ours. As we already said, we're not professional photographers,, just journalists snd space enthusiasts. So, a risk could be that the quality of the photobook might not be as professional as you could imagine, but our goal for this photobook is not to amaze the readers with graphic special effects. Our goal is amaze every single space lover, showing the unique place on Earth "where it all began".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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