36 expo commissioners went to Baikonur as part of the EXPO 2017. The group saw the launching of a rocket and visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome History Museum.

 

RAPIL ZHOSHYBAYEV, COMMISSIONER OF EXPO 2017:

 - There is an opportunity to see Kazakhstan from a different perspective, the cosmic perspective. Of course, it promotes tourism. Many tourists would like to take such tour. This is another opportunity to promote Kazakhstan.

 

Expo commissioners learnt a lot about the history of Baikonur Cosmodrome, touched the exhibits that had been in outer space.

 

ANTHONY PAHIGIYAN, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF U.S. EXPO PAVILION:

 - When I was a child I could not even imagine that I would visit a cosmodrome. This is a very important space center.

 

DEBORAH MICHAEL, STAFF, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MINISTRY OF TOURISM:

 - This is really exciting for me. It’s the first time I’m going to watch the launch of a spacecraft. So, I am very very excited so far it has met and even surpassed my expectations.

 

The highlight of the tour was the launch of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. Expo commissioners saw it right after visiting the museum and were entirely blown away by a quick blast that will remain in the memories of the visitors forever.  

 

ROMAS JANKAUSKAS, COMMISSIONER, LITHUANIAN EXPO PAVILION:

 - We are very grateful to the Kazakh Foreign Ministry and Commissioner Zhoshybayev who initiated our excursion. We are very pleased. We hope that it is not the last trip. We would like to see more places in Kazakhstan.

 

TUNKARA SAIBO, GAMBIA EXPO PAVILION COMMISSIONER:

 

My congratulations to myself and organizing committee, thanks to everyone who gave me the opportunity to be here. The launch was very exciting for me.

 

According to the organizers, during the Expo 2017, applications to visit Baikonur Cosmodrome will be considered four times faster, in 10 days instead of 45. According to the rules, Roscosmos gives permit to visit Baikonur through the Kazakhstani operators. There are six such operators in Almaty and one in Astana. Another two are in Baikonur. A special tour package includes visit to the town of Baikonur, the museum and the house of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space. Tourists can also see the spectacular launch of a spacecraft.  

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