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The Soyuz-FG Rocket Booster With Soyuz TMA-12M Space Ship Blasts Off From The Baikonur Cosmodrome

by | 26th, March 2014

TODAY the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-12M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) blasted off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Isn’t cosmodrome a great word, straight from 1950s comic book Americana.

The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev.

The mission into space unites humankind and thrills us all…

 

People take photos of Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-12M

People take photos of Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-12M

The sun sets over a sculpture of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome

The sun sets over a sculpture of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome

 In this multiple exposure photo service towers lift to the Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-12M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, the world's first and largest operational space launch facility, Kazakhstan, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Start of the new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station, ISS, is scheduled on Wednesday, March. 26.

In this multiple exposure photo service towers lift to the Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-12M that will carry a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS), at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility, Kazakhstan, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Start of the new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station, ISS, is scheduled on Wednesday, March. 26.

U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, left, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, center, and Oleg Artemyev, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) walk prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, left, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, center, and Oleg Artemyev, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) walk prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson,

U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson,

Oleg Ostapenko, right, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, or Roscosmos, shakes hands with U.S. astronaut Steven

Oleg Ostapenko, right, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, or Roscosmos, shakes hands with U.S. astronaut Steven

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