Expedition 32 Launch (201207150011HQ) by nasa hq photo on Flickr.
The Soyuz TMA-05M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday, July 15, 2012 carrying Expedition 32 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Carla Cioffi)
Reasons you launch rockets from Kazakhstan:
1) It’s near the equator.
2) The steppes are really, really empty.
Seriously, this looks like a model rocket launching in a desert or on a beach or something because there’s nothing around to give a frame of reference.
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