What a Hellish Mess a Rocket Launch Can Be!

This is how the launch pad looked like seconds after yesterday's Soyuz launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Original caption for this great shot:

Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft and a crew of US astronaut Steven Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev aboard, blasts off from a launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, early on March 26, 2014. A crew of two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut blasted off today from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket for the International Space Station, with US-Russia space cooperation pressing on despite the diplomatic standoff over Ukraine. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV

You can check the full image over at AFP's tumblr.



Now we're sure Oleg and Alexander aren't going to take over the ISS and declare that its crew voted 100% to become a purely Russian space station?