50 Great Russian Rocket Launch Photos

New Crew to Rendezvous with Space Station Today

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The Soyuz TMA-20 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 15, 2010 carrying Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli to the International Space Station.

Soyuz Named For Yuri Gagarin Blasts Off


A Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, named for famed cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin - the first human in space - launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 4, 2011 at 6:18 p.m. EDT.

Aiming for Space

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An ILS Proton M rocket carrying the ArabSat 4A satellite is raised into launch position at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Group of Navigation Satellites Launched by Proton Rocket


The Proton rocket lifts off with three Glonass navigation satellites.

Rolling Out to Launch Pad

A Soyuz U rocket is rolled out to its Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in anticipation of an April 25, 2002 liftoff to the International Space Station.

Vostok 3KA-3 Spacecraft


The Vostok 3KA-3 spacecraft (Vostok 1) awaits the launch of Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961, which would make him the first human to travel into space.

History's First Human Spaceflight Blasts Off


The Soviet Union's powerful Vostok launch vehicle put cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's capsule high enough for one 108-minute orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.

Re-entry Capsule of Vostok 1


Here the re-entry capsule of the Vostok 3KA-3 (also known as Vostok 1) spacecraft (Vostok 1) is seen with charring and its parachute on the ground after landing south west of Engels, in the Saratov region of southern Russia.

Waving to the Crowd

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Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin prepares to board the Vostok 1 spacecraft on April 12, 1961 to make history's first human spaceflight.

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