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Talgat Mussabayev. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Kazakhstan now has enough funds to send its cosmonaut to the International Space Station

There are two prospective cosmonauts, but they are facing lack of opportunities as Russia-made Soyuz rockets are now the only means of transporting cosmonauts of all countries to the ISS: Talgat Mussabayev, Head of the National Space Agency KazKosmos.

Kazakhstan now has enough funds to send its cosmonaut to the International Space Station
Baikonur cosmodrome. Stock photo of Tengrinews.kz
$294.5 million to finance space exploration projects in 2012-2014

According to the Finance Ministry, a total of $563 million was to be earmarked for space exploration projects in 2011-2013.

$294.5 million to finance space exploration projects in 2012-2014
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Taldykorgan students became finalists of The Flight to the Future contest

School students from Taldykorgan became finalists of the prestigious international contest of young space researchers called “Flight to Future”.

Taldykorgan students became finalists of The Flight to the Future contest
Snapshot from Apollo-18
Bekmambetov's Apollo-18 to hit screens in September

A space thriller Apollo-18 will hit Russian screens on September 1.

Bekmambetov's Apollo-18 to hit screens in September
Talgat Mussabayev. By Yaroslav Radlovsky ©
KazKosmos willing to send a Kazakh cosmonaut to the International Space Station

According to Talgat Mussabayev, KazKosmos Head, the plan is hampered by the current lack of places aboard Soyuz spaceships.

KazKosmos willing to send a Kazakh cosmonaut to the International Space Station
Karim Massimov. Photo courtesy of flickr.com
Massimov met with heads of space agencies of Russia and Kazakhstan

Karim Massimov met with Head of Russian Federal Space Agency and Chairman of Kazakhstan National Space Agency.

Massimov met with heads of space agencies of Russia and Kazakhstan
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Investments into creation of KazSat-2 to be recouped in 4 years

Consequently, in summer 2015 it will start filling the state coffers: Meirbek Moldabekov, Vice Chairman of the Kazakhstan Space Agency.

Investments into creation of KazSat-2 to be recouped in 4 years
Karim Massimov. Tengrinews.kz stock photo.
Kazakhstan mulls joint space and nuclear projects with Russia: PM Massimov

According to him, some joint projects have been outlined with Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna and Kurchatov Institute Russian Research Center in Moscow.

Kazakhstan mulls joint space and nuclear projects with Russia: PM Massimov
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Upper-stage rocket for Express-AM4 satellite delivered to Baikonur

Upper-stage rocket Briz-M was delivered to Baikonur. It is aimed for a launch of the Russian satellite Express-AM4.

Upper-stage rocket for Express-AM4 satellite delivered to Baikonur
Kazakhstan considering entry into Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization
Kazakhstan considering entry into Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization

KazKosmos representatives met APSCO representatives to study opportunities which could be brought about following Kazakhstan’s accession into the Organization.

Kazakhstan considering entry into Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization
Deputy chairman of Kazakhstan Space Agency Meirbek Moldabekov
Kazakhstan and Belarus can unite thier satellites

Kazakhstan and Belarus might unite their remote Earth-sensing satellites and use their data jointly. Space technologies “are becoming a tool for solving economic tasks,” Moldabekov.

Kazakhstan and Belarus can unite thier satellites
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KazSat-2 satellite launch delayed

Additional protection is needed for one of the electric instruments of the satellite. This will entail an additional round of electric testing.

KazSat-2 satellite launch delayed
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Kazakh MP wants $1 billion in rent for Baikonur

The minimum cost of Baikonur cosmodrome annual rent should be $1 billion: Amangeldy Momyshev.

Kazakh MP wants $1 billion in rent for Baikonur
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KazSat-2 communications satellite to be sent to Baikonur May 30

It was to supplement the KazSat 1 satellite, but will now replace Kazsat 1 due to the complete loss of the first satellite.

KazSat-2 communications satellite to be sent to Baikonur May 30
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Trips to craters in East Kazakhstan is popular with foreign tourists

Trips to craters located close to Ust-Kamenogorsk are becoming popular with foreign tourists.

Trips to craters in East Kazakhstan is popular with foreign tourists
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KazSat-2 confirmed to be in working condition

Experts of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute confirmed that KasSat-2 satellite is in good working order.

KazSat-2 confirmed to be in working condition
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Russia and Kazakhstan to sign a cooperation agreement to build and launch KazSat-2

KazSat-2 was to supplement the KazSat-1 satellite, but will now replace Kazsat-1 due to the complete loss of the first satellite.

Russia and Kazakhstan to sign a cooperation agreement to build and launch KazSat-2
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KazSat-2 launch put off till July 10

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center has not sorted out some minor faults so far: Viktor Lefter, Head of the Kazakhstan’s Center for Space Communications.

KazSat-2 launch put off till July 10