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Why the Soviet space workhorse Soyuz is still going strong – 50 years on

by Robin McKie, The Guardian

It has ferried Britons, tortoises and cosmonauts into orbit, seeing off its more complex US rivals

The capsule claimed the life of the first astronaut to fly in it and was later involved in one of the worst accidents in spaceflight history. Yet Soyuz – which was first blasted into space 50 years ago – has since become the most successful craft to carry humans into Earth orbit. It is the workhorse spaceship on which manned missions beyond the atmosphere are now completely reliant. Continue reading Why the Soviet space workhorse Soyuz is still going strong – 50 years on