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Watch a Russian Rocket Launch a U.S. Astronaut to International Space Station

Scientific cooperation continues despite tensions between Moscow and Washington


Recent bellicose rhetoric between Moscow and Washington didn’t stop a Russian Soyuz rocket from carrying a NASA astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut and a German flight engineer from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan toward the the International Space Station on Wednesday afternoon.

These days, hitching a ride on the Russian rocket is the only way for the U.S. to get an astronaut to the I.S.S. Due to the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine, a Russian official recently commented that if the Americans want to get an astronaut to the ISS, they should consider a trampoline.

Since no emergency trampolines were deployed, we mark this one a win for science.

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