The carrier rocket "Soyuz" was launched from the French Kourou spaceport in South America. On Board the European research satellite. It will collect information about the state of the Earth's atmosphere and surface oceans.
Just from Kourou, Plesetsk and Baikonur, various modifications of the "Soyuz" was launched 150 times and put into orbit 200 40 satellites and manned spacecraft.
Less than a day left to the historic launch, on April 27 from the Baikonur East will go into space rocket "Soyuz 2.1 a". The first launch of a space vehicle from the Russian cosmodrome scheduled for 5. 01 minute Moscow time.
Conducted final preparations before the start. Before the first launch from the Vostochny spaceport remain a matter of hours. Now the rocket "Soyuz 2.1 A" fuel. The weight of the rocket about 30 tons, and with fuel more than 300 tons. All works on preparation for start are in an amazing construction of mobile tower maintenance. The height of a 15-storey building, she literally runs into rocket and surrounds her from all sides. so the Soyuz can be prepared to launch in any weather conditions.
Experts worry, after all the first launch with the first Russian cosmodrome, but recall that the launch of "Unions" for a long time and repeatedly worked out, so all should be good. The installation of the rocket on the launch pad was preceded by the removal of technical service. It is also extremely important for a new spaceport moment. For railroad tracks the missile with extreme caution, at a speed not exceeding 3 km/h was transported to the launch pad. To see the first export of missiles gathered all employees of the spaceport. Shortly after the launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome, the Soyuz rocket will orbit 3 Russian satellite. The countdown has begun.