Video: Vega Rocket lifts off with Göktürk-1A Imaging Satellite

Europe’s Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on its year-closing mission, thundering into mostly clear skies with the Göktürk-1A imaging satellite that will give the Turkish Ministry of Defence its sharpest eye in the sky for the collection of reconnaissance and Earth observation imagery.

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Video: Nighttime Soyuz Blastoff with three Expedition 50 Crew Members

Temperatures were well below zero Celsius when Soyuz rumbled to life and lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 20:20 UTC on November 17, 2016, carrying into orbit a crew from Russia, France and the U.S. on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station.

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Videos: Long March 2F lifts Chinese Astronaut Duo to Orbit

China’s Long March 2F rocket launched the country’s first crewed space flight in over three years at dawn on Monday when the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with two crew members on board was successfully lifted into orbit for a five-week research mission to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

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