Soyuz spacecraft assembly. The Orbital module is at the top, the Crew capsule in the middle and Service module at the bottom. The first two modules are covered with thermal blankets.

The Orbital module is at the top, the Crew capsule in the middle and Service module at the bottom. The first two modules are covered with thermal blankets.

Russia's Manned Soyuz Space Capsule Explained (Infographic)  by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist,  Russia's workhorse Soyuz spacecraft have been flying for nearly 45 years, ferrying first cosmonauts into orbit, then branching out to launch NASA astronauts and spaceflyers from many countries on trips to the International Space Station.

Russia's workhorse Soyuz spacecraft have been flying for nearly 45 years, ferrying first cosmonauts into orbit, then branching out to launch NASA astronauts and spaceflyers from many countries on trips to the International Space Station.

It launched under a different name and was not officially disclosed until almost two decades later, but Russia's first Soyuz spacecraft lifted off into history 50 years ago Monday (Nov. 28).

It launched under a different name and was not officially disclosed until almost two decades later, but Russia's first Soyuz spacecraft lifted off into history 50 years ago Monday (Nov.

NASA | International space station in orbit / photographed by approaching space shuttle /sadly now a historic image from the non austerity years of NASA's golden years

Progress 47 approaches the ISS An unpiloted Progress resupply vehicle approaches the International Space Station, carrying tons of food, fuel and supplies. The cargo delivery includes pounds.

A Soviet Soyuz spacecraft docking in Earth orbit with an American Apollo spacecraft. Artwork by Leonov, May 1974

The First Spacewalker Created The Best Soviet Cosmic Landscapes

Space - Community - A Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in Earth orbit docks with an American Apollo spacecraft, painted by cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov in

The Russian Soyuz Spacecraft from Launch to Landing

The Russian Soyuz Spacecraft from Launch to Landing

The Soyuz spacecraft is raised into vertical position after arriving at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad by train, Sunday, May in Kazakhstan.

Russia's Manned Soyuz Space Capsule Explained (Infographic)

Russia's Manned Soyuz Space Capsule Explained (Infographic)

S73-27666 (May-June 1973) --- A close-up view of the Soyuz spacecraft which was part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project exhibit at the 30th International Aeronautics and Space Exhibition held May 24 -- June 3, 1973 at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France. The ASTP exhibit was co-sponsored by the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

S73-27666 (May-June 1973) --- A close-up view of the Soyuz spacecraft which was part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project exhibit at the 30th International Aeronautics and Space Exhibition held May 24 -- June 3, 1973 at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France. The ASTP exhibit was co-sponsored by the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

At top, the Soyuz that we flew here and will fly home in May. Below, the Progress that undocked and burnt up. @Cmdr_Hadfield

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At the top, the Soyuz that the astronauts fly to & from the ISS Space Station. At the bottom, the Progress that undocked & burnt up.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Ends Record-Breaking Space Mission with Smooth Landing

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Ends Record-Breaking Space Mission with Smooth Landing

Soyuz-TMA. Operated by Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency). TMA is the fourth generation of the Soyuz spacecraft.

Operated by Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency). TMA is the fourth generation of the Soyuz spacecraft.

Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

The Golden Age of NASA Infographic shared by Dec 2014 in Science Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

Soyuz Rocket Launches Space Station Crew on Express Trip: (Expedition 36/37 Photos) - A Soyuz spacecraft carrying the Expedition 36/37 crew to the International Space Station is seen in station cameras just before docking on May 28, 2013.

Soyuz Rocket Launches Space Station Crew on Express Trip: (Expedition Photos) - A Soyuz spacecraft carrying the Expedition crew to the International Space Station is seen in station cameras just before docking on May

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