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Soyuz rocket missions in 2001
January 24, 07:28:42 Moscow Time (04:28 GMT; 11:28 p.m. EST on January 23): A Soyuz-U rocket carrying the Progress M1-5 (No. 254) spacecraft with 2,677 kilograms of propellant for Mir's deorbiting maneuvers lifted off from Site 1 in Baikonur.
April 28, 13:37:20 Baikonur Time (07:37 GMT, 3:37 a.m. EST): A Soyuz-U rocket lifted off from Site 1 in Baikonur carrying the Soyuz TM-32 spacecraft with commander Talgat Musabaev, flight engineer Yuri Baturin and a US space tourist Dennis Tito on their way to the ISS.
May 21, 04:32 Baikonur Time: The first Soyuz-FG rocket with a modified injection system ("forsunochnaya golovka") on the engines of the first and second stages, lifted off from from Site 1 in Baikonur, carrying the Progress M1-6 cargo ship on its way to the International Space Station.
May 29, 20:55:00 Moscow Decree Time (17:55 GMT, 1:55 p.m. EDT): A Soyuz-U rocket lifted off from Plesetsk's Pad 4 at Site 43 carrying a military satellite, likely a Kobalt (11F695) imaging spacecraft. The payload was officially identified as Kosmos-2377.
July 20, 00:17 GMT: The Molniya-M rocket successfully delivered a Molniya-3K (14F33) satellite, for military communications after the launch at from Pad 4 at Site 43 in in Plesetsk. This launch was earlier expected in June.
October 21, 12:59 Moscow Time: A Soyuz-U rocket lifted off from Site 1 in Baikonur carrying the Soyuz TM-33 spacecraft with two Russian cosmonauts and a French researcher onboard, heading toward the ISS.
October 25, 15:34 Moscow Time (7:34 a.m. EDT): A Molniya-M rocket lifted off from Pad 3 at Site 43 in Plesetsk and ten minutes later successfully delivered Molniya-3 (11F658) spacecraft into its initial orbit. The fourth stage of the launcher was expected to fire again to push the spacecraft into its final highly elliptical orbit with an inclination 62.8 degrees toward the Equator. The launch was previously scheduled for October 11.
Launches of the Soyuz rocket family in 2001:
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A Soyuz-U rocket with Soyuz TM-32 shortly before launch on April 28. Copyright © 2001 Anatoly Zak