Soyuz launcher: Another year, another bunch of dollars.

The very productive story of the moneymaker Soyuz launcher went back a long, long way. Its origins too. First introduced in 1966 as derivative of the famous Vostok launcher, in turn a derivative of the R-7a intercontinental ballistic missile…,in turn a variant of the “Semyorka” (the Little Seven). Another reason to believe why the “lucky 7” is the world’s favourite number.

This neat photo shows us the mighty rear end of the Soyuz rocket with its RD-107 first stage rockets on the strap-on boosters and the RD-108 second stage on the central body. This monument – it is really a monumental craft- is at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Photo: AP/PTI

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