Photos & Video: Soyuz rockets into Space with Glonass Navigation Satellite

Russia’s Soyuz workhorse rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 8:44 UTC on Sunday, embarking on a mission to a 19,100-Kilometer orbit around Earth to deliver a Glonass-M navigation satellite, replenishing the aging constellation as part of standard upkeep and maintenance. The mission was a complete success, ending with the successful separation of the satellite into its expected orbit three hours and 32 minutes after launch.

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All Photos: Russian Ministry of Defence