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Plesetsk Cosmodrome - Russia

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In 1957 Plesetsk was chosen as site of first operational Soviet ICBM base. Its location in a remote site in the Northern Russian forest was necessary because it was then one of the few parts of the Soviet Union where the world's first ICBM, the R-7, could be based to hit targets in the United States.