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Monday, 13 May, 2002, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
Inside the Baikonur cosmodrome
Eight people died when a roof collapsed at Russia's main space launch site, the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The eight were repairing the roof of one of the hangars - used for assembling and testing space vehicles - when three out of five segments crashed 80 metres (260 feet) to the ground.

  • Built in 1955, the location of the Baikonur cosmodrome - Russia's only base used for manned launches - was kept secret from the West for many decades.
  • It remains the world's largest space launch facility.
  • The cosmodrome runs for 85 km (52 miles) from north to south, and for 125 km (77 miles) from east to west - an area of land the size of Moldova.
  • The base includes dozens of launch pads, five tracking-control centres, nine tracking stations, and a 1500 km (932 miles) rocket test range.

See also:

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