Inside the Russian Space Program

Our behind-the-scenes exploration of the Russian space program features a VIP viewing of the manned launch of a Soyuz spacecraft.

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 Russian cosmonauts  The raising of the rocket ceremony  Preparing for the launch of a Soyuz rocket  A Soyuz spacecraft  A Russian cosmonaut waves to onlookers  A Soyuz rocket in flight  Spectators at a launch  Smithsonian Journeys travelers at launch site  A group of Smithsonian Journeys travelers  Moscow's Red Square, a World Heritage site  St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow  Moscow in the evening  The ISS Crew press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel  The ISS Crew press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel  Cold War Museum Bunker, Moscow  Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City   The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City  The Mir Space Station Simulator at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center  The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where crews acquire skills for operations on the external surface of the orbital station under simulated weightless conditions.


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Hotel Sputnik

Baikonur, Russian Federation

The Sputnik is a four-star hotel built in 1999.  Services include a pool, sauna, TV, air conditioning, and minibar.

Number of nights: 4

Hotel Marriott Royal Aurora

Moscow, Russian Federation

The Marriott Royal Aurora is conveniently located in the city center, near the Kremlin, Red Square, the Bolshoi Theater, and shopping.  Rooms have all the amenities of a five star hotel, including satellite TV, pay-per-view movies, individual climate control, complimentary WiFi, minibar, in-room safe, hair dryer, and bathrobes.  The hotel has a choice of restaurants, a fitness center, business center, and lounge.

Number of nights: 3

Kempinski Hotel Moika

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is housed in a pre-revolutionary mansion on the Moika Embankment just across from the Hermitage. Its renovated interior is furnished with a mix of classic and antique pieces. Amenities include the ninth floor Bellevue Bar with beautiful views over the city, the Beau Rivage restaurant featuring fine dining, a rooftop Wellness Center and a Tea Room where a Russian/English high tea is offered every day. Rooms include satellite TV, wireless and cable Internet, minibar, hair dryers, heated bathroom floors and bathrobes.

Number of nights: 3