Some photos from the launch that took place on March 26. Two Russian and one American were on board. Six hours before launch, the crew leaves the hotel. Space suits are checked for leaks. These and the other images from the launch and preparation are clickable for bigger pics:
This is the launch pad where in 1957 the first satellite “SPUTNIK” had been launched. Also, Yuri Gagarin’s ship was launched from this pad.
Six hours before the launch, the crew leaves the hotel.
The flight commander, Skvotsov.
Space suits are checked for leaks.
“Two cappuccinos, sugar free please”.
“Meet you in six months!”
This time, a SOYUZ-FG rocket was used.
Command to start.. ignition.
The temperature beneath the rocket is around 4000 Celcius.
In 117 seconds from launch, 43.5 tons of fuel has been burned