A close-up view of the Soyuz on the launch pad


2010-12-13 - On December 13, 2010, Chris Hadfield visited the Soyuz launch pad in Kazakhstan just three days before the launch of the Expedition 26/27 crew. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Chris Hadfield: We're at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, at the launch pad. Behind me the Soyuz is just being raised to vertical. It's come out here on the train this morning. In about five minutes we'll have it pointed at the sky. It's going to get lowered down into the lifting mechanism. Then over the next day and a half, refuel it, fill it up with kerosene and oxygen.