The Evolving Soyuz Rocket Family

The R-7 rocket that led to the family of Soyuz vehicles launching today lifted off for the first time on Feb. 17, 1959. The last launch, on Dec. 27, 2018, was number 1,898. Manufactured by the Progress Rocket Space Center in Samara, Russia, the medium-lift expendable booster originally was used for...

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