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Soyuz TMA-16 Launch Video

There is one way to know that you really do appreciate space travel: watch this video of the Soyuz rocket that launched TMA-16 towards the ISS today. If you still think that space travel is a beautiful thing even after watching that awfully ugly piece of metal hurtle into space, you're one of the dedicated ones.

Nothing against our Russian friends personally, of course. The Soyuz has a pretty decent safety record and simplicity will always prove reliable. The soviet-era design aesthetic, however, has never been a particular fancy of mine.

What do you think? Soyuz or Shuttle? Soviet or smooth lines? Baikonur or Cape Canaveral? ]