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 Manned Soyuz Space Capsule Explained (Infographic) by Karl Tate…

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.

A Soyuz spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 10:54 p.m. (CDT) on April 26, 2003

The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Soyuz is launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying one of the first resident crews to the International Space Station

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.

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.

This view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis still connected to Russia's Mir Space Station was photographed by the Mir-19 crew on July 4, 1995. Cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, Mir-19 Commander and Flight Engineer, respectively, temporarily undocked the Soyuz spacecraft from the cluster of Mir elements to perform a brief fly-around

The Space Shuttle Atlantis connected to Russia's Mir Space Station in July (Image credit: NASA)

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.

STS-133 Flight Day 6   S133-E-007467 (1 March 2011) --- Backdropped by the thin line of Earth's atmosphere and the blackness of space, a docked Russian Soyuz spacecraft (right), a portion of the International Space Station's Quest airlock and solar array panels are featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member while space shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space

STS-133 Flight Day 6 S133-E-007467 (1 March 2011) --- Backdropped by the thin line of Earth's atmosphere and the blackness of space, a docked Russian Soyuz spacecraft (right), a portion of the International Space Station's Quest airlock and solar array panels are featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member while space shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space

The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft is seen after being rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Sunday, May 13, 2012. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of Russia, and prime NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba is scheduled for 9:01 a.m. local time on Tuesday, May 15. Photo Credit (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Soyuz with Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of Russia, and prime NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba.

The Russia space agency has set dates for resuming flights with the Progress and Soyuz spacecraft. After determining the cause of the failure and crash of

The con‑figu‑nathi‑on of the Soyuz-FG rocket and Soyuz capsule.

La Soyuz TMA-6 aproximándose a la Estación Espacial Internacional en 2005.

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three new crew members bound for the ISS encountered a malfunction which saw a six-hour trip extended to two days.

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Expedition 49 Soyuz Spacecraft Landing

nasa Touchdown! A Soyuz spacecraft is seen as it lands with astronaut Shane Kimbrough (@Astro_Kimbrough) of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Monday, April 10, 2017. Kimbrough, Ryzhikov, and Borisenko are returning after 173 days in space onboard the International Space Station (@ISS). While living and working aboard the space station, the crew members contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology…

The crew of the piloted ship "Union" has returned from the ISS to Earth — Rambler News Service

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