Soyuz-FG with Soyuz MS-05 manned spaceship successfully lifted off from Baikonur


July 28, 18:41 Moscow time — Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with Soyuz MS-05 manned transport spaceship successfully lifted off from Launch Pad No.1 (Gagarin’s launch pad) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The Soyuz MS carries the members of the ISS-52/53 mission. The primary crew is: Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik, and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli. The back-up crew included Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, and JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai.

Glavkosmos has been acting as a prime coordinator for NASA activities at Baikonur within the space manned programs.

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On July 15, 1975 Soyuz-19 spaceship was lifted aboard Soyuz-U launch vehicle. It was the first international space flight with the docking of Apollo, a US spaceship. The famous Soyuz-Apollo docking was a historical event and a symbol of rapprochement between the two superpowers in the period of détente during the long-lasting Cold War.
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Soyuz spaceship was used for the first commercial space flight coordinated by Glavkosmos. In December 1990, a Japanese journalist Toyohiro Akiyama became a member of the crew delivered to MIR space station.
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Soyuz-2.1a became the first rocket launched from the new Russian space center Vostochny. The historical launch was conducted on April 28, 2016.