The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on May 29, 2014.
Dmitry Lovetsky—AP
By Denver Nicks
May 28, 2014

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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