Molniya launcher on launch pad

Molniya launcher on launch pad

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Molniya launcher. View across trees toward a Molniya launcher on its pad at the Plesetsk cosmodrome, Russia. Molniya launchers are made by combining a Soyuz first and second stage with a larger upper stage. These are used to launch Molniya communication satellites into highly-elliptical orbits. Photographed on 22 April 1989.

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