The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is managed jointly by the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Russian Space Forces. 24.08.2011 I has shoot panorama during the launch Soyuz-U with Progress M-THC 12M at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This launch was unsuccessful (first time for last 30 years).
With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability."
European Southern Observatory (Credit: ESO/VVV Consortium, Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser)
NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B. F. Williams, L. C. Johnson, the PHAT team, and R. Gendler)
The history of the Cathedral begins on December 25, 1812. This was the day that the last soldiers of Napoleons' 600,000 man army were driven out of Russia. Emperor Alexander I signed a Manifesto ordering the construction of a magnificent Cathedral in honor of Christ the Savior in Moscow as a thanksgiving to God and to honor the victorious Russian army. The Cathedral barbarously destroyed on December 5 1931 has been rebuilt in 1994-2000.
The most interesting museum of Europe is in the Seaplane Harbour, where the newly opened exhibition in the historical seaplane hangars tells you stories from under the water, on the water and over the water. You can climb into the submarine Lembit, look at the seaplane Short 184, voyage on the icebreaker Suur Tõll and learn about historical vessels or military equipment. Seaplane simulator, diving deep under the water, café Maru and the museum shop are among some of the things waiting for guests. There's a wonderful view of the Port of Tallinn from the Seaplane Harbour.
The Tartu Observatory was founded at the Imperial University of Dorpat as it was reopened in 1802. The observatory building was completed in 1810 on the Toome hill in Dorpat. The instruments were installed in 1814 by von Struve who subsequently started observations. In 1824, a 9" Fraunhofer refractor arrived, the largest achromatic telescope in the world at the time. When von Struve began assembling his Geodetic Arc in 1816, the doorstep of the observatory became its first point. UNESCO World Heritage Site number 1187.
Venice is a city in northeast Italy which is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century B.C. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals".
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral in the Tallinn Old Town, Estonia. It was built to a design by Mikhail Preobrazhensky in a typical Russian Revival style between 1894 and 1900, during the period when the country was part of the Russian Empire. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is Tallinn's largest and grandest orthodox cupola cathedral. It is dedicated to Saint Alexander Nevsky who in 1242 won the Battle of the Ice on Lake Peipus, in the territorial waters of present-day Estonia. The late Russian patriarch, Alexis II, started his priestly ministry in the church.
The IVRPA (International VR Photography Association) is a voluntary run, non-profit, international association of several hundred professionals world-wide who create and produce interactive, immersive images. Palmela 2011 – The International Panoramic Photography Festival was held in Palmela (Portugal) in June 2011.
The Moscow Victory Day Parade of 2010 was held on 9 May 2010 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. The parade marks the Soviet Union's victory in the Great Patriotic War. It was the largest parade held in Moscow, Russia since the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991, and saw 11,135 troops, 127 aircraft and helicopters, and the new Topol-M mobile intercontinental ballistic missile taking part.
On 11/11/11, humanity was invited to participate in the largest collaborative storytelling event in human history. On this auspicious day, anyone in the world who has access to any recording device was asked to capture their lives through film, photography, music, sound and text. It’s quintessentially "a day in the life of the world" told by the people of earth.
Estonia and Song and Dance Celebration – these two belong together like Norway and skiing, Russia and bears or England and the Oxford-Cambridge boat race. The Song Celebration tradition started in the middle of the 19th century and it has survived all of the twists and turns in Estonia’ s history.
Church of the Icon of the Mother of God "Quick to Hearken" is in process of construction in Lasnamäe District (Tallinn, Estonia). Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia laid the church foundation in autumn 2003. Thousands of people gathered on Saturday 19, 2011 to witness the blessing of the cross and of fixing a cross on the dome of church.
According to local legend, the well boils over when the witches of Tuhala make a sauna below the ground and beat each other with birch branches, causing a commotion on the surface.
Water starts to spout up from the well and flood the area when excess water from the Mahtra swamp fills up the underground river and the overflowing river water seeks an escape through the well. The quantity of water flowing through the Tuhala River must be at least 5000 liters per second in order for the river to overflow. However, the water spouting out of the well comes at only 100 liters per second.
The Kruzenshtern or Krusenstern is a four masted barque and tall ship that was built in 1926 at Geestemünde in Bremerhaven, Germany as the Padua (named after the Italian city). She was surrendered to the USSR in 1946 as war reparation and renamed after the early 19th century Baltic German explorer in Russian service, Adam Johann Krusenstern (1770–1846). She is now a Russian Navy sail training ship.
Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a small sovereign city-state located in South Western Europe. Monaco is the name of the country as well as the name of its capital city. The territory lies on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea has a land border on three sides only with France and is about an hour by train to Italy.
Sports Chanbara, called by it's nickname "Spochan" - this Japanese term describes a battle with sticks which the young Japanese used to play with. The samurai fencing master, kaicho Tetsundo Tanabe transformed it into a new, safe sport, which can still be great fun way to transfer us back into the times of the Japanese samurai or the European knights.
The Hill of Crosses is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising. Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.
The frigate Shtandart was the first ship of Russia's Baltic fleet. Her keel was laid on April 24, 1703 at the Olonetsky shipyard near Olonets by the decree of Tsar Peter I and orders issued by commander Aleksandr Menshikov. She was the first flagship of the Imperial Russian Navy and was in service until 1727.
In 1994 a small group of sailing enthusiasts led by Vladimir Martus started construction of an exact replica of the ship. The "Shtandart Project" launched an exact replica of the frigate on September 4, 1999.
You love skiing, snowboarding, carving or freestyle skiing. Then, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the right place for you, for Germany's top winter sports resort has much to offer. There was a good reason as to why Garmisch-Partenkirchen was selected as the venue for the Alpine Skiing World Championship 2011.
Tyrol is a state or Bundesland, located in the west of Austria. The capital is Innsbruck. Tyrol is popular for its famous ski resorts. Ischgl is located on the Austrian side of one of the World's largest ski areas. Its ski resort Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun is connected with the ski resort of Samnaun across the border in Switzerland. Mayrhofen sits between the Penken and the Ahorn mountains which provide ski runs in the winter and mountain biking, hiking and paragliding in the summer. The Penken mountain offers Austria's steepest piste, named Harakiri, as well as a large range of ski runs at different levels of difficulty.
Ambras Castle, located above Innsbruck in Tirol. It is one of the provincial capital’s most important sites. Its cultural and historical significance is inseparably linked with the personality of Archduke Ferdinand II (1529–1595), a true “Renaissance prince” who was an enthusiastic patron of the arts and sciences.
Riga, pronunciation the capital of Latvia, is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of the river Daugava. Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.
A Russian baroque garden, inspired by Versailles and designed by a pupil of Le Notre (Jean-Baptiste Le Blond). Peter the Great admired Versailles. This garden, like St Peterburg itself, is an amazing symbol of Peter's desire to make Russia a sophisticated European power. It contains 173 fountains.
The Steak House GOODWIN is a chain-based Restaurant. The first GOODWIN was opened in Tallinn (Estonia) in 2009. The Prime Aberdeen Angus meat, got from ecologically pure regions of Australia and the United States, is only a part of GOODWIN’s culture and its success. The other ones are professionally prepared steaks, craftsmanship and passion of our team to the job we do.
Toompea Castle is the seat of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia - the Riigikogu. The castle complex is made up of several parts: the west wall and the Tall Hermann tower belong to the medieval fortress of the Order of the Brothers of the Sword, the Government Administration building represents the Czarist era and is classic in style, and the building of the Riigikogu, in the castle courtyard, was built in the beginning of the 1920s.
Muuga Container Terminal is located in the port of Muuga. This is the only one container terminal in Estonia. Although it is very young terminal, it uses the most modern equipment and newest technologies in handling containers.
Panoramas was shooted from Ship-to-Shore Gantry Crane at a height of about 60 meters.
The picturesque nature of Keila-Joa, with its indented river and magnificent waterfall, is a site of interest in itself. The same scenery tempted Alexander von Benckendorff, one of the most influential persons in the 19th century Russian Empire, to start creating a grand romantic ensemble of parks, ponds, buildings, pavilions and sculptures.
Keila-Joa has witnessed an array of influential visitors since then, including the Russian Czar Nikolai.
Viktor Tkachenko - 2 time Vice Champion of the Europe, prize-winner of the World Championship, prize-winner of the Cup of the World, repeated Champion of Estonia
Aleksander Shevtsov - prize-winner of the World Championship, repeated Champion of Estonia
Oleg Fjodorov - prize-winner of the World Championship, prize-winner of the Cup of the Estonia, Champion of Estonia
Refined interior of Cigar-hall is brought up in “Russian glamour” style. Antique furniture, chic crystal chandelier, ancient clock and drawings - nothing to witness wild time flow…as the genuine cigar-amateur won’t put up with bustle!
With comfortable, pleasant, and associative environment, the VIP Cigar’s room offers an ideal place for peaceful rest, relaxing in cosy atmosphere of dimness and pleasing melodies.
Ida-Viru County, or Ida-Virumaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is the most north-eastern part of the country. The county contains large deposits of oil shale - the main mineral mined in Estonia. As oil shale is used in thermal power plants, the earth in Ida-Viru literally holds the largest power capacity in Estonia. The capital of the county is the town of Jõhvi which is administratively united with the parish of Jõhvi. 13.0% of the total population of Estonia lives in Ida-Viru County.
Law office Laus & Partnerid provides diversified legal services to individuals and business entities, including commercial banks, manufacturing companies, professional and other services companies, health care entities, real estate development companies, oil and oil transit service companies, broadcasting companies and not-for-profit institutions.
Võrumaa is a county in Southern Estonia. It is bordered to the north by the Põlva County and the Lake Pihkva; to the west by Valga County; to the south by Latvia; and to the east by the Russian Federation.
Towards the south of Võrumaa the highest peak in the Baltic region, Suur Munamägi (Big Egg Hill) offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding hilly landscape. The Haanja Nature Park protects a unique landscape with many lakes and rapid river Piusa winds its way through gentle valleys and steep sandstone banks.
Lev Borodulin (b. 1933) was exposed to photography at an early age. At the age of four, he met N. Svishchev-Paola, who took a portrait of him and inspired in him a fierce love of photography. Borodulin graduated from the department of Art at The Moscow Institute of Printing and started learning photography at the end of 1940s. He began working as a photo reporter for Ogonyok Magazine in the 1950s, where he shared a laboratory with Dmitry Baltermants, who greatly influenced Borodulin's work. Along with photography masters such as Baltermants and Alexander Rodchenko, Borodulin made strides to define photography as not only a documentative medium, but also an art form. In recent years Borodulin’s “Parade” was chosen by Bill Clinton as one of the photographs to hang in the Oval Office. His images of divers, runners, fencers, rowers, boxers, footballers, swimmers and athletes of all kinds are some of the most important sporting photographs of the twentieth century. Borodulin spent much of his life living in Moscow, but later relocated to Israel, where he recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
The word "Preved" in this VR panorama's title is a Russian internet slang for surprise, derived from Russian word 'Privet' (a misspelling of privet, Russian: Привет - "Hi!"). It was made infamous by a heavily circulated picture of a modified John Lurie watercolor, "Bear Surprise" that was shown at Roebling Hall Gallery, Chelsea in January 2006. Its popularity was stoked by emails and blogs, features a man and a woman having sex in the clearing of a forest, when suddenly a bear comes out, and with paws raised, says "Surprise!" in the original version, or "Preved!" in the Russian adaptation.