Something made me turn on the "tube" this morning. I had forgotten that Soyuz MS-11 was due to launch today with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques aboard, and there sat an example of mankind's most beautiful rocket, four minutes from lift-off.
It was characteristically beautiful, especially so given the aborted climb to orbit back in October, the first manned Soyuz launch failure since 1983.
A gentleman who witnessed a Soyuz launch in person told me this, after I expressed an interest in travelling to Baikonur myself: "You wanna go up and touch it." (Before it rockets off, of course.)