The Russian Proton rocket is the tallest rocket in routine use. First deployed in 1965, the rocket stands [ http://www.solarviews.com/eng/rocket.htm ] typically 40 meters tall, can carry unusually heavy payloads into space, and maintains a high record of reliability. The Proton [ http://www.russianspace.com/proton.html ] can be configured to launch satellites into orbit, to carry modules to a space station [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap960402.html ], and to carry people. The satellites a Proton Rocket [ http://www.space.com/news/spacehistory/proton_history_000707.html ] has launched include Iridium [ http://www.iridium.com/ ], GRANAT [ http://sigma-2.cesr.fr/sigma/granat.html ], and, just last month [ http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/launches/proton_sirius_launch_000630.html ], Sirius 1 [ http://www.siriusradio.com/nonflash_site/default.htm ]. The Proton [ http://www.ilslaunch.com/ILS/press_room/galleries/proton_archive_photos.html ] frequently launched modules that docked with the Mir Space Station [ http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/mir/ ]. Pictured above on July 12, a Proton rocket [ http://www.pizzahut.com/CorpStuff/pressreleases/1999/092999_rocket_facts.htm ] launches the Zvezda module [ http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/ISS_OVR/assembly2_overview.htm ] which is scheduled [ http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/index.html ] to be added as the third major component of the International Space Station [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990223.html ] next week. The Proton is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome [ http://www.friends-partners.org/~mwade/sites/baikonur.htm ] in Kazakstan [ http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/kz.html ].