While watching a video of deployment of Soyuz spacecraft, I noticed a flag next to the launchpad, with sign 'Baikonur' and a graphic of Earth and several stars; one I didn't see anywhere else:

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Every search for 'Baikonur flag', in English and Russian, return either the standard: enter image description here,

the flag of Kazakhstan:

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Baikonur badge/logo,

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or assortment of commemorative badges and independent designs by people without any association with Baikonur or Roscosmos. I managed to locate what seems like a very old print of an old variant of the design (with a simple globe of meridians and parallels instead of a picture of Earth) on the flag on a Flags of the world site:

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and a photo of a flag with this version:

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...but nothing closely resembling the one from the video.

When was that version introduced, what is its relation to all the others, status (an official symbol or just a decorative variant?), and does anyone have a better image of it?

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    $\begingroup$ Further search seems to indicate the "cradling hands" flag is the flag of the town of Baikonur, while the "globe and stars" is the flag of the cosmodrome itself. $\endgroup$
    – SF.
    Dec 7, 2021 at 11:53


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