Monday, December 3, 2018

Up Soyuz Ship

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.)

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