The two-person crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan today shortly after launch. The crew, which was traveling to the International Space Station, is reportedly safe and in “good condition” after the scary failure was broadcast on the web.
Because any trip to see a Soviet shuttle is worth it as long as no one’s wearing handcuffs at the end.
Turgai, Kazakhstan might not look like much besides wide, sweeping plains. But over the past few years, archaeologists have revealed more than 200 massive earthworks, so large that you’d never notice them from the ground. As the New York Times reports today, no one knows their purpose–yet.
Archaeologists working in Kazakhstan have uncovered the remains of an ancient female warrior who lived sometime between the 11th century BC and 4th century AD.
The three crew members of International Space Station Expedition 42 returned safely to Earth early in the morning of Thursday March 12th after a 167-day mission. Their journey was stunning.
Take a moment to stop, breathe, and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of our planet. Denis Frantsouzov spent last month travelling around Kazakhstan, collecting photographs, videos, time-lapses, and long exposures of the land and sky. The result a stunning 5-minute break from your day.
In 1991, Kazakhstan became the last Soviet republic to declare independence. Six years later, the government moved from the Almaty to Astana (formerly known as Aqmola). There, with the help of architects like Norman Foster, they built a futuristic city on the remains of old buildings from the Soviet era.
What could Apple possibly want with a dam in Oregon? Is raising condors with hand puppets going just a bit too far? Why should we all start eating prickly pears? Hey, it's time for this week's Landscape Reads.
When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ceased to exist in 1991, propaganda art began to disappear, and once-grand social realist murals, reliefs and all manner of mosaics have dwindled. But in the Republic of Kazakhstan, locals still walk the streets under the watchful eyes of five-story tall cosmonauts,…
In 2017, the capital of Kazakhstan will look like the set of an utopian sci-fi movie, which seems appropriate considering this is the place from where the Soviet Union conquered space. A titanic new capital will rise by the old city, powered by sun and wind. Move over Dubai. Your cliché New York-wannabe skyline is the…
The world may still be in crisis, but not Kazakhstan—a big exporter of oil and uranium. "President" since 1990 Nursultan Nazarbayev keeps wasting the country's money in ridiculous megalomaniac projects like their 2017 Expo. Naturally, there's plenty of shameless Western architects eager to sell out their principles to…
Yikes, it looks like Satan worshippers in Kazakhstan are up to no good. But as ominous as this 1,200 foot pentagram appears, there's a much simpler explanation.
A Russian rocket just crashed seconds after it was launched from a spaceport in Kazakhstan. Footage from local news channels shows how the rocket wobbled through the sky as it rose into the air, before disintegrating and falling back to Earth.
At Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome, a news cameraman inexplicably left his camera rolling near a functional launchpad. What occurred next was equally random — a gopher popped out of the ground to investigate and/or gnaw at the still-filming camera. Those readers wary of coincidences can happily postulate that this…
Three years ago, 12,000 rare and endangered antelope carcasses were mysteriously found in Kazakhstan. Nobody knew what happened to them. Exactly one year later, people found 450 new dead bodies. No causes were found. Now, they have found another 1,000 corpses and nobody knows what is killing them yet.
Winning a sporting event while representing your country is supposed to be a moment of pride—standing atop the medal podium, hearing your national anthem, feeling all your hard work pay off. Not for this Kazakhstan athlete in Kuwait. Kuwait accidentally blared Borat's obscene parody anthem thinking it was…
What are you doing right now? Whatever's going on, table your plans immediately and watch this absolutely amazing short movie about a futuristic nuclear clean-up project gone awry.
Kazakhstan isn't the first country I'd associate with modernism and gleaming infrastructure, but according to photos from English Russia, I'm dead wrong: the Almaty Metro is gorgeous. And, shocking to any urbanite, gorgeously clean, like Star Trek with more maids.