Soyuz TMA-03M Rollout

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    201112190006 (19 Dec. 2011) --- The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Dec. 19, 2011. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia, NASA astronaut and Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers is scheduled for 7:16 p.m. (Kazakhstan time) on Dec. 21. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

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    1. viktor_vinogradov 39 months ago | reply

      Wonderful picture!

    2. Uncle Austin 39 months ago | reply

      This being Flickr, and not really a place for political discussion on someones picture, I'll close off with in saying this:
      Science and exploration has always been a essential part of mankind. From every explorer and exploration of a new world brings new life, and of course at the same time can bring new problems (i.e. the "new world" 1492). This can be said about every type new discovery by exploration, including technology. However, simply stopping what progress has taken us thus far, our of fear for losing what we've gained from such expeditions is in a sense an abandonment of the sciences thus brought us to where we are today. The population in the world today is a product of modern science and technology. I honestly I don't think the solution to feeding the population born out of technology and science is the abandonment of such.

    3. happyjax 39 months ago | reply

      It is an excellent picture and the guy who photographed it has a job, all of the people working on the space station have jobs...etc. It may not be the most cost effective way of producing jobs but much of those billions went to everything from engineers to cleaners. I have always loved the space program and hope we find a way to continue it:)

    4. Omair Haq 39 months ago | reply

      I understand what your saying. Anyways, this is a great shot :)

    5. pharoluxphotos [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

      Fabulous Photo!

    6. anandamoy 39 months ago | reply

      An outstanding capture.

    7. J566 39 months ago | reply

      what a rocket!

    8. chesbayview 39 months ago | reply

      Excellent photo!

    9. Qazi Ikram ul haq 39 months ago | reply

      great shot :) lovley ambiance

    10. darkchocdoc 39 months ago | reply

      To Uncle Austin, Omair Haq, happyjax and others who are reading comment, I think these exquisitely wonderful pictures are here to let us see what our capital (monetary and intellectual) is doing on the frontiers of human existance. Wouldn't Marco Polo (if he really existed), the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, Lewis & Clark, and even Johnny Appleseed have wanted their exploration shown to the world and to their benefactors in just this marvelous way? If the pictures spawn discussion, then this is good. Whatever the criticism it will be balanced by the ultimate wonders of the exploration. Criticism and compliment are good. We are here (every one of us, no matter what the place) because someone was brave enough, inquisitive enough, creative enough, and smart enough to make the journey.

    11. embryonicboy 39 months ago | reply

      lovely lighting...

    12. Andrei Singer 39 months ago | reply

      extraordinary image, a tribute to space exploration.

    13. Kombizz 39 months ago | reply

      I wonder how much the project cost?, and if NASA can pay 0.001 % to charity for the 3rd world countries who still do not have fresh water to drink -

    14. artland 39 months ago | reply

      Congratulations!
      This is a wonderful shot!
      You are invited to post it to:


      artland

    15. Далеко 39 months ago | reply

      Such a beautiful photo! Wish I was there!

    16. ~*Ms. Spiller*~ 21 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous , fantastic composition!

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