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Secretive Samara's space stories thrill visitors
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Jack Tarrant SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Samara, once the secretive heart of the Soviet Union's space program, is opening up as a World Cup host venue. The city, known as Kuybyshev until 1991, was the primary manufacturing hub that made the rocket that took Yuri Gagarin on his journey to become the first human into outer space in 1961. During that time, the city was closed off to the outside world, with very few foreign visitors and a culture of secrecy amongst the inhabitants of Kuybyshev, many of whom did not even know what program they were working on. read more


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