50 Great Russian Rocket Launch Photos

Russian Rocket Launches American Communications Satellite


A Russian Proton rocket lifts off on April 25, carrying the SES-1 (AMC-4R) communications satellite.

Robotic Russian Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

NASA/Mark Bowman

The unmanned Russian Progress 37 cargo craft atop its Soyuz rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 28, 2010 to deliver new supplies to the International Space Station. Full Story.

Europe's Second Navigation System Test Satellite Blasts Off


The Soyuz-Fregat launch vehicle carrying GIOVE-B, the second of ESA's two Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element demonstrators for the Galileo global navigation satellite system, lifts off from launch complex at the Baikonour spaceport, Kazakhstan, on April 26, 2008 (EDT).

New Sirius XM Radio Satellite Blasts Off on Russian Rocket


A Proton rocket launched the new Sirius XM Radio satellite into orbit on Oct. 14, 2010 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Rocket to Launch New Satellites for Globalstar Network


A Soyuz 2 rocket is raised into position at Baikonur Cosmodrome ahead of the planned Oct. 19, 2010 launch of six new Globalstar mobile communications satellites. The vehicle was rolled out from its integration building to Launch Pad #6 on a transporter/erector rail car.

6 New Globalstar Communication Satellites Reach Orbit

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

An Arianespace Soyuz 2 rocket launches six new mobile communications satellites to boost a network for the service provider Globalstar.

Russian Rocket Launches Communications Satellite

International Launch Services

An International Launch Services Proton rocket launched Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat broadband satellite into orbit on Dec. 27, 2010.

Lost Experiments Fly Again in Successful Soyuz Launch


A Russian soyuz rocket lofts the recoverable Foton M-2 spacecraft on a 16-day mission to fly numerous experiments in orbit, some of which were orginally flown aboard NASA's lost Columbia flight STS-107 and the ill-fated Foton M-1 mission.

Soyuz Rocket Launches New Crew Toward Space Station


The new Soyuz TMA-01M blasts off with a crew of three astronauts from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT) on Oct. 7, 2010.

Space Station Crew Welcomes Fresh Cargo Ship

A Soyuz rocket carrying the unmanned freighter Progress 19 launches toward the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.

Space.com Staff
News and editorial team

Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. Originally founded in 1999, Space.com is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists. Our current news team consists of Editor-in-Chief Tariq Malik; Editor Hanneke Weitering, Senior Space Writer Mike Wall; Senior Writer Meghan Bartels; Senior Writer Chelsea Gohd, Senior Writer Tereza Pultarova and Staff Writer Alexander Cox, focusing on e-commerce. Senior Producer Steve Spaleta oversees our space videos, with Diana Whitcroft as our Social Media Editor.