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    The fourth of October is celebrated each year in Russia as Space Forces Day; the date was timed to coincide with the first-ever launching of a man-made satellite into space in 1957. Established in 1992, Russian Space Forces were responsible for handling all of the country's military space operations until they were replaced by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces in 2011. This branch of the Russian Armed Forces is responsible for the country's strategic missile defense.

    Above: Inside the command and control station of the Fourth Air Defense Brigade.

    The fourth of October is celebrated each year in Russia as Space Forces Day; the date was timed to coincide with the first-ever launching of a man-made satellite into space in 1957.

    The fourth of October is celebrated each year in Russia as Space Forces Day; the date was timed to coincide with the first-ever launching of a man-made satellite into space in 1957.

    Established in 1992, the Russian Space Forces were responsible for handling all of the country's military space operations until they were replaced by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces in 2011. This branch of the Russian Armed Forces is responsible for the country's strategic missile defense.

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