Launching missiles is always an impressive spectacle – whether you are looking at life on the Internet or having the privilege of witnessing the event somewhere near the starting point. And while we are witnessing our fair share of memorable rocket shots from Earth, a handful of people have the unique opportunity to watch these incredible efforts from outer space.
A beautiful video shot by the International Space Station (ISS) throws a spaceship in orbit, revealing what a rocket launch looks like on the other side of the Karman line – the common boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and the cosmic space.
The shotgun – the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket shot by NSI from the German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency (EKA), fills the missing parts of history, revealing the invisible aspects of space flight that are usually avoided by Earth observers.
According to ESA, the short film was captured on November 16, when the Soyuz-FG missile acquired a Progress MS-10 spacecraft. Also known as Progress 71, the cargo ship is shipped during delivery to the ISS and is hooked up with orbital outpouring two days later.
The spectacular view was shot by Gerst's camera, which was able to capture about 15 minutes from the Progress 71 launch from the Cupola window of the space station. Earlier this week, the German astronaut headed to Twitter to share incredible views from space.
"This is real," said Jersey, who is in command of the ESC as the commander of Expedition 57.
That's real. How a spacecraft leaves our planet, seen by the ISS. / Dies sind echte Aufnahmen. You are in Rauschaf unrelated Planetary view – outside ISS aus gesehen. #Horizons Hi-Res: https://t.co/p0PeiITcWS pic.twitter.com/Mmpv5h3P21
– Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) November 22, 2018
The breath-taking time was taken with the camera to take pictures at regular intervals and shows the start at about 8 to 16 times the normal speed.
In the video, the Soyuz missile can be seen, leaving our planet in bright light and later deploying the cargo ship Progress 71. The key moments of the launch show the launch of the rocket buoys at 00:07, the first separation of the stage at 00:19 and the deployment of the Progress spacecraft and the orbit entry at 00:34 – followed by the fiery resumption of Soyuz first stage in the Earth's Atmosphere 00:36.
The missile and its payload rose to the sky from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 01:14. EST on 16 November. Russian cargo arrived at the ISS on November 18, delivering 5,652 kilograms of shipments to astronauts living and operating 250 miles above Earth.
"Progress" delivers food, fuel and supplies, including 750 kilograms of propellant, 75 kilos of oxygen and air and 440 liters of water, "a statement by ESA notes.
This is the first flight of the Soyuz-FG missile, as a malfunctioning incident led to the start of the October 11 launch, notes Sputnik News,
"The Progress spacecraft was originally scheduled to be commissioned on Monday, October 30, but the startup was rescheduled for November 16 after the start of October 11," the Russian news agency TASS reported.
The incident last month occurred during the release of the MS-10 capsule with a pilot assigned to the ISS with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian astronaut Alexei Ovchinin. The two astronauts were unharmed and managed to land safely on Earth a few minutes after taking off. Inquisitr reported at that time.
The next scheduled launch from Baikonur will take place on December 3, when the Soyuz MS-11 capsule is expected to take a three-man crew to the space station. Astronauts waiting to fly in space are Anne McClain of NASA, Okol Kononenko of Roscosmos, and David Saint Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.