The colossal Energia rocket was a Soviet heavy lift vehicle; the rocket had the capacity to place about 100 tonnes in Low Earth orbit. Work on the Energia system began in 1976 after the decision was made to cancel the unsuccessful N1 moon rocket. The Energia was first test-launched on 15 May 1987. The payload was the Polyus spacecraft, a prototype orbital weapons platform designed to destroy SDI satellites with a megawatt carbon-dioxide laser, unfortunately it failed to reach orbit and…
The Gemini VII spacecraft carrying astronauts Frank Borman command pilot and James A. pilot was successfully launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from Pad 19 at Cape Canaveral FL. Image Date: December 4 1965
The test launch of an Angara space rocket automatically aborted due to “technical issues,” Russian officials said. While the second attempt is scheduled for Saturday, President Putin has ordered the reasons for the launch failure be detailed in one hour.
S73-27666 (May-June 1973) --- A close-up view of the Soyuz spacecraft which was part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project exhibit at the 30th International Aeronautics and Space Exhibition held May 24 -- June 3, 1973 at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France. The ASTP exhibit was co-sponsored by the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.