The Plesetsk cosmodrome on Saturday celebrates the 60th anniversary since the establishment

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotoancemndom Plesetsk in the Arkhangelsk region. Archival photoThe Plesetsk cosmodrome on Saturday celebrates the 60th anniversary since the establishment© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

The most Northern launch site in Plesetsk world celebrates on Saturday, the 60th anniversary from the day of creation, for all time of existence it has produced more than 1.6 thousands of launches of space rockets, according to the defense Ministry.

«To this time from the launch pads the State test spaceport in earth orbit over two thousand space vehicles, conducted more than 1.6 thousand launches of carrier rockets, more than 500 launches of Intercontinental ballistic missiles,» — said the Russian defense Ministry.

Despite the fact that the founding of the spaceport is considered to be July 15, 1957, his story takes its beginning on 11 January of the same year, when was the decree of the USSR government on the establishment of a military facility «Hangar» in the Arkhangelsk region. Plesetsk was founded as the military unit of missile regiments armed with Intercontinental ballistic missiles R-7.

The launch of the first spacecraft «Kosmos-112» was held at Plesetsk on 17 March 1966, in 13 hours 28 minutes.

Today at the spaceport operated boosters light class «Angara-1.2», «Soyuz-2.1», «Roar» middle class «Soyuz-2.1 a, Soyuz-2.1 b» and heavy class «Angara-A5».

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