Ural Airlines will take you to the cosmodrome of Baikonur

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Somehow a bit easier to travel to Baikonur, Russia's space center in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Ural Airlines has restablished its regular weekly flight between Moscow and Baikonur, following the completion of the local airport's refurbishment works. The flight from the Russian capital, that is on an Airbus A319, takes 2h 50min.

But not so fast...while some tour agencies organize visits for tourists, Baikonur remains officially a closed area. In comparison to the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, that is a major tourist attraction, it can be quite difficult for foreigners to visit the Central Asian space center.

Nevertheless, a bunch of Russian aviation bloggers were able to visit the place recently and witness the take-off of the Soyuz TMA-20M ("Союз ТМА-20М") taking two Russian and one American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

You can check the super interesting report here and here.

Even if you can not read Russian, the images are pretty amazing!

Not that all passengers on the Ural Airlines flight will get to see such an spectacular event, but I am sure Baikonur makes for quite an interesting destination for aerospace enthusiasts anyway!