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Observation of the Earth from Cupola (video)

Western China and Lake Kukunor (Qinghai) (photo)

China

Kukunor is the second largest inland mountain salt lake in Central Asia after Lake Issyk-Kul.
It is mountainous and is located at an altitude of 3205 m.

Chinese – Qinghai, Mongolian – Khukh-Nur and Tibetan – Tso Ngongpo names mean “blue-green (turquoise) sea (lake)”.One of the first Europeans to explore the lake was the Russian traveler, geographer and naturalist Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalsky in 1872.

23 rivers flow into Kukunor, the most aquiferous of which – Bukh-Gol – forms a delta that extends into Kukunor in the west.
The lake has a large amount of alkali, so drinking water from the lake is not only harmful, but also life threatening.

The lake is surrounded by many legends, mystical beliefs and traditions that have been formed over centuries.

During the existence of the Chinese Empire, the northern section of the Great Silk Road passed along the shores of the lake. Residents of settlements located near the lake, called the reservoir Avaricious master. This is due to the fact that not a single river flows from the lake, and it is impossible to use water for cooking.

Due to its length, the lake is called Long Water.

In the year of the horse, every Tibetan Buddhist is obliged to go around the lake around, making the Great Pilgrimage to the holy places.


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Diego Garcia is the largest Atoll Island of the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean (photo)

Chagos Archipelago

Diego Garcia is the largest atoll island of the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, located 1600 km south of Hindustan and 1200 km south of the Maldives.

The lagoon, with an area of ​​about 27 km², is surrounded by a narrow strip of surface coral reefs.

Diego Garcia has a length of about 60 km, a maximum height of about 7 meters above sea level.

The atoll consists of four islands. The largest of them is the island of Diego Garcia. In addition to this island, the atoll includes small islands:

  • West Island (3.4 ha);
  • Middle Island (6 ha);
  • Eastern Island (11.75 ha).

The island was discovered by the famous Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama at the beginning of the XVI century.

In 1966, the population of the island was only 924 people, at the moment – the population is about three thousand people.

Since 1973, a large US military base has been located on the island.


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Repair of the Orlan Spacesuit on the ISS – Strengthening fixtures (video)

Preparing for Spacewalk.
Strengthening the Fastening of american Lamps on the Helmet of an Orlan Spacesuit.

The Light of the Night Cities of the Earth (photo)

The Light of the Night Cities of the Earth
The Light of the Night Cities of the Earth
The Light of the Night Cities of the Earth

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One of the most beautiful places on planet Earth – Altai (photo)

One of the most beautiful places on planet Earth - Altai

Let’s get to know some of the sights of Altai:

  • Mount Belukha is the main among all the natural attractions of the Altai Mountains. This is the highest peak in Altai – 4509 m above sea level. Located on the Katunsky ridge.
  • Katun is the main river in Altai. The source of the river is located on the slope of the highest mountain in the region – Belukha. Then Katun is poured throughout the region, passing through the territory of the Altai Territory and the Altai Republic.
  • Teletskoye Lake is the largest in Altai. Its area is 223 km2, and the depth reaches 325 meters. The lake contains a large supply of clean fresh water, and its transparency reaches 14 meters in depth. – Small (about 30 m in diameter), but colorful Geyser lake. Geysers come out in the middle of it, and with them blue silt rises to the surface from the bottom. Thanks to this, the water acquires an unusual blue tint.
  • One of the most famous, beautiful and ancient roads – Chuysky tract – is also located here. It is one of the top 10 most beautiful roads in the world according to National Geographic.
  • The Ak-Kurum stone mushrooms are high cliffs that stand alone on the slopes of mountain ranges in the Karasuk river valley. Ak-Kurum means “white scree” – huge boulders resulting from weathering of rocks.
  • The Chulyshman River Valley is one of the pearls of the Altai Mountains; from the top of the nearly 900-meter mountain, a breathtaking view of the Chulyshman River valley opens.
  • The valley along the Karakol River is one of the most sacred places in Altai. In this small area (the length of the valley is only 3 km) there is the largest number of mounds, ancient sacrificial altars and stone slabs, as well as rock paintings. Moreover, it was here that for the first time in Altai, multi-colored petroglyphs made with the help of mineral paints of white, black and red colors were found.
  • The seven Aktru glaciers occupy about 16 km2, and their slopes have an interesting feature: the northern sides are much steeper than the southern ones.

You can’t tell about all the amazing places of Altai in one post, it is no coincidence that it is called the real place of power of our country, which everyone should visit at least once – endless plains, snowy peaks, clear lakes and incredible landscapes will not leave anyone indifferent.


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Volcanoes of Kamchatka and Aleutian Islands (video)

New issue of Russian Cosmos Magazine released (June, 2020)

New issue of Russian Cosmos magazine released (June, 2020)

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New issue of Russian Cosmos magazine released (June, 2020)

Desert Landscapes Saudi Arabia (photo)

Desert Landscapes Saudi Arabia
Desert Landscapes Saudi Arabia
Desert Landscapes Saudi Arabia

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Training began on the actions after landing the descent vehicle of the Soyuz spacecraft on the water surface (photo)

Training began on the actions after landing the descent vehicle of the Soyuz spacecraft on the water surface.

During the training, two types of training are performed: “long” and “short”. “Long” training – the descent vehicle is on the water and we need to change clothes inside the descent capsule from the Sokol spacesuit into flight and heat-shielding suits, then the Trout overalls and evacuate from the ship.

We leave the capsule after changing clothes, taking with us a portable emergency stock. Then we work out the interaction with the search and rescue service, give light signals and evacuate aboard the rescuers.

A “short” training consists in time limits for the actions performed, in connection with the detection of a hypothetical “leak” in the descent apparatus through which water enters.