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A new space launch pad is being planned for Russia's Far East. At a meeting of the country’s Security Council, attended by the outgoing and incoming presidents, Vladimir Putin highlighted the importance of developing the space programme. He pointed particularly to the construction of launching sites.
Forty seven years after Yury Gagarin first blast into space, Russians are celebrating the legacy of all their cosmonauts. On April 12, 1961, Gagarin’s Vostok 1 roared into orbit. Some former cosmonauts are now concerned that their success has bred a generation disinterested in space exploration.