New Rocket Expands Russian Space Launch Capabilities | Russia | RIA Novosti

The Soyuz-2.1 rocket.

The Soyuz-2.1v rocket lifted off from Russia’s northern Plesetsk space center on December 28. It can carry up to 2,800 kg of payload into orbit and is powered by rocket engines left over from the Soviet Union’s lunar program.

via New Rocket Expands Russian Space Launch Capabilities | Russia | RIA Novosti.

Soyuz Landing Caps Historic Space Station Increment

ARKALYK, KAZAKHSTAN - OCTOBER 11: In this hand...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Soyuz Landing Caps Historic Space Station Increment:

“WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — International Space Station Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt landed their Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft on the steppes of Kazakhstan Sunday, wrapping up a six-month stay. Joining them was spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte, who spent 11 days in space.

Padalka, the Soyuz commander, guided the spacecraft to a parachute-assisted landing at 12:32 a.m. EDT at a site northeast of the town of Arkalyk.”

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