Photos: Soyuz Blasts off from Vostochny on Ill-Fated Mission with Meteor Weather Satellite

Russia’s Soyuz 2-1B rocket lifted off from the 1S launch pad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome at 5:41 UTC on November 28, 2017 with the Meteor-M 2-1 weather satellite and 18 small satellites riding as secondary payloads. Becoming the second Soyuz to lift off from the Eastern Spaceport, Soyuz 2-1B performed as planned but the mission ran into trouble when handing over to the Fregat upper stage, failing to achieve a stable orbit, reportedly as the result of a programming error.

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