[FPSPACE] VIP list for 'Gagarin' Soyuz launch?

James E Oberg jameseoberg at comcast.net
Tue Mar 29 18:22:58 EDT 2011

Has anyone seen a recent list of the Russian VIPs coming to Baykonur
for the 'Gagarin' Soyuz launch? Several months ago there was still talk
of Queen Elizabeth II attending, that's long since been forgotten. With the
recent launch slip, Patriarch Cyril has also had to cancel. Aside from some
Russian sports heros, actors, and assorted Moscow VIPs, who else is expected?
The usual suspects -- veteran cosmonauts -- will doubtlessly be there, as usual.
Early-era American astronauts were also reportedly invited, I've been in touch
with a few, and nobody seems to know anyone who's going. Thanks!
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