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Soyuz rocket missions in 2009
2009 Feb. 10: The Soyuz-U rocket carrying the Progress M-66 cargo ship lifted off from Site 31 in Baikonur Cosmodrome on Feb. 10, 2009, at 08:49:46 Moscow Time (05:49:46 GMT). Progress M-66 carried more than 2,400 kilograms of cargo including fuel, water, food, a new space suit and other hardware.
After a nine-minute powered flight, the launch vehicle released the cargo ship into a 192.54 by 249.55-kilometer orbit with the inclination 51.63 degrees toward the Equator at 08:58:33 Moscow Time.
2009 April 29: The Soyuz-U rocket lifted off from launch Pad 2 at Site 16 in Plesetsk on April 29, 2009, at 20:58 Moscow Time, carrying a classified satellite designated Kosmos-2450. The spacecraft successfully established contact with ground control at 21:08 Moscow Time, a representative of the Russia's space forces said. Based on the fact the the satellite circled the Earth in the 179 by 360-kilometer orbit with the inclination 62.1 degrees, it was believed to be the fourth satellite in the Kobalt-M series.
2009 May 7: The Soyuz-U launch vehicle carrying the Progress M-02M spacecraft (production No. 402) lifted off from Baikonur's Site 1 on May 7, 2009, at 22:37 Moscow Time. The 7,119-kilogram vehicle carried 2,259 tons of cargo, including propellant and oxygen. According to the Russian space agency, Roskosmos, Progress M-02M reached its intended orbit.
2009 May 27: The Soyuz FG rocket lifted off from Site 1 at Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday, at 14:34:49 Moscow Time, carrying the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft. Ten minutes after the launch, the Russian mission control center in Korolev confirmed that Soyuz TMA-15 had reached its orbit successfully.
2009 July 24: The Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress M-67 cargo ship lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 14:56:56 Moscow Time.
2009 Sept. 30: The Soyuz rocket launched the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft on Sept. 30, 2009, at 11:14:42 Moscow Summer Time from Baikonur Cosmodrome's Site 1. Onboard were Russian Commander Maksim Suraev, NASA flight engineer Jeffrey Williams and a space tourist from Canada Guy Laliberté.
2009 Nov. 10: The Soyuz-U rocket carrying Progress M-MIM-2 Poisk ("Quest") Mini-Research Module-2, lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as scheduled on Nov. 10, 2009, at 17:22 Moscow Time.
2009 Dec. 21: The Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft lifted off on Dec. 21, 2009, at 00:52:00 Moscow Time onboard the Soyuz-FG rocket from Site 1 in Baikonur Cosmodrome. In the ISS schedule, the mission is known as 21S.
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The Soyuz TMA-17 lifts off on Dec. 21, 2009. Credit: NASA