Those crazy Soviets. They design a rocket, based on an ICBM back in the ’60s and then keep using it. They design a spacecraft to ride atop that rocket to put a man on the moon, but they don’t do that and instead still use it. They call the whole thing Soyuz and rather than land on the water like the capitalist pigs, they drop it on the steppes of Kazakhstan with lots of parachutes.
They do this for almost 50 years, developing the most reliable manned rocket system, and one of the most used rocket systems of all time. They do this enough that the ISS uses a Soyuz capsule as the escape capsule. They do this enough that they outlast the Americans manned space program, and sell seats in the 3-person capsule to the Americans, Europeans and Asians.
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