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50 Great Russian Rocket Launch Photos

Fresh Russian Cargo Ship Bound for ISS

RSC Energia.

A Russian Soyuz rockets launches the unmanned Progress 23 cargo ship towards the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 23, 2006.

Russian Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

RSC Energia.

The Russian-buit Progress 22 spacecraft sits poised for launch atop its Soyuz booster at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft launched toward the ISS on June 24, 2006.

After Long Delay, European Weather Satellite Reaches Orbit

Starsem.

A Soyuz 2 roket carrying the European MetOp-A weather satellite launches into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 19, 2006.

Report: Russian Specialists Study Rocket Debris Sighting Over U.S.

CNES 2006 - D. Ducros.

The European planet-hunting observatory COROT launches spaceward atop a Russian-built rocket on Dec. 27, 2006.

Russian Rocket Successfully Orbits Canadian Satellite

ILS.

An ILS Proton rocket launches the Nimiq 4 satellite for Canada.

New Russian Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)/Vesti.

The unmanned Russian cargo ship Progress 32 launches toward the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Feb. 10, 2009 in this still from a Russian state broadcast.

Russian Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

RSC Energia.

A Russian Soyuz rocket soars into a blue sky carrying the unmanned cargo ship Progress 34 toward the International Space Station on July 24, 2009. The rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Rocket Launch

Space Adventures

The Russian Soyuz rocket launches from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Each of Space Adventures' spaceflight participants launched aboard a Soyuz rocket.

New Russian Module Poised to Launch Toward Space Station

S.Sergeev (Yuzhny Space Center)

The Russian Poisk module is packed atop its rocket at the ready to launch to the International Space Station Nov. 10, 2009.

Proton Rocket Sends DirecTV Satellite to Orbit

Roscosmos (Federal Space Agency)

A Russian Proton rocket launches the DirecTV-12 satellite to orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 28, 2009.

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