Two Soyuz in one day: Soyuz TMA-16M and Galileos FM03 & FM04

Today was a very busy day for the Soyuz rocket!  First and certainly not least, the historic launch of Soyuz TMA-16M, a manned launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the first American heading for a yearlong mission (Scott Kelly) and the first Russian since the Mir program to do the same (Mikhail Kornienko), along with veteran Soyuz commander Gennady Padalka.  At the time of this posting, they have rendezvoused with the ISS and will be docking  soon.

And from Kourou, French Guiana, an unmanned Soyuz ST-B launched with the next two elements of the Galileo navigation satellite constellation, intended as a competitor to GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou:


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