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Blastoff! Most Amazing Rocket Launch Photos of 2011

Proton Rocket Launch November 4, 2011

TsENKI TV/Spaceflight Now

The Proton rocket carrying three Glonass navigation satellites launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 4, 2011.

Phobos-Grunt Launches Toward Mars Moon Phobos

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

A Zenit rocket launches into space carrying Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft toward Mars on a mission to collect samples of the Martian moon Phobos. Liftoff occured on Nov. 9, 2011, Local Time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (Nov. 8 EST).

Soyuz TMA-22 Spacecraft Launches in Snow

Roscosmos

Despite heavy snowfall, the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft carrying three new space station crewmembers to the orbiting outpost successfully launched on Nov. 13, 2011, at 11:14 p.m. EST from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Curiosity Pierces the Clouds

Mike Wall/SPACE.com

Curiosity, the new Mars Science Laboratory, and its Atlas 5 rocket pierce the clouds as they rise into the Florida sky on Nov. 26, 2011.

Chinese Long March 3A Rocket Lift Off December 2, 2011

Chinese Defence Ministry

The Chinese Long March 3A rocket lifted off at 5:07 a.m. Beijing time on Dec. 2, 2011.

Proton Rocket Blast Off on Dec. 11, 2011

Roscosmos TV

The Russian Proton rocket blasted off on Dec. 11, 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Russian Soyuz Launch

NASA TV

The Russian TMA-03M Soyuz spacecraft launches Dec. 21 from Kazakhstan, carrying three new crewmembers to the International Space Station.

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