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, 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.

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.

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.

Expedition 52 Soyuz Rollout #NASA #ImageoftheDay

Expedition 52 Soyuz Rollout

Expedition 52 Soyuz Rollout #NASA #ImageoftheDay

Soyuz spacecraft at launchpad

Expedition 52 Soyuz Rollout

Soyuz spacecraft at launchpad

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

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

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. 28).

The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan [3403 x 3568]

The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan [3403 x 3568]

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

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

Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru #NASA #ImageoftheDay

Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru

Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru #NASA #ImageoftheDay

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

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

nasa NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade), Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli are slated to launch to the International Space Station (@ISS) at 11:41 a.m. EDT on Friday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, shown here in a black and white infrared view after it was raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The crew will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting laboratory before…

nasa NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade), Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli are slated to launch to the International Space Station (@ISS) at 11:41 a.m. EDT on Friday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, shown here in a black and white infrared view after it was raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The crew will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting laboratory before…

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

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

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

Chris Hadfield on

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

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.

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