Plesetsk Cosmodrome

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A rocket-launching site 170 km south of Arkhangel, Russia. From 1966 the USSR, and later Russia, launched (mainly military) artificial satellites from here. Many are now from other countries, such as Nigeria's NigeriaSat 1, launched on 27 September 2003, and Japan's SERVIS-1, launched on 30 October 2003. The Cosmodrome is controlled by the Voenno-Kosmicheski Sily (VKS; Military Space Forces).

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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