From the Esri Story Maps team comes Around the World in Seven Spaceports, a virtual tour of some of Earth's most important rocket launch sites. The story map opens with a brief introduction, pointing out that "the world's spaceports play an important role in your everyday life," due to the satellites launched there, as well as the work of researchers on board the International Space Station. It also provides a brief explanation of why most of the world's launch sites are located near the equator, before moving on to visit individual spaceports. The tour begins with NASA's well-known Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, then stops at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, from which the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957 and the first human in outer space, Yuri Gagarin, in 1961. Other stops on the tour include the European Space Agency's Guiana Space Center in French Guiana and Rocket Lab's Launch Complex One, a new commercial spaceport in New Zealand that primarily launches cubesats. Throughout the photo-filled tour, visitors should keep an eye out for links to view videos of rocket launches from each featured spaceport.
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