The Souyz-2 spacecraft with Meteor-M satellite and 18 additional small satellites launches from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome, near the town of Tsiolkovsky in Amur region, Russia November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Russia launched a second rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome in the far east on Tuesday, as Moscow seeks to ease dependence on Baikonur in Kazakhstan.Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that such contracts would help Russia modernize its space industry.The first launch from Vostochny spaceport in far eastern Russia took place in April 2016, with President Vladimir Putin overseeing the take-off.Russia is also home to the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the north, which is used for satellite launches and missile testing.The launch of the Angara, which is being tested to replace the aging Proton workhorse rockets, is scheduled for 2021 .
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