Friday , December 4 2020

ISS timelapse shows the launch of the Progress MS-10 resupply mission

Some of the best photography and video of the Earth are available from the lucky few astronauts who are onboard the ISS. As the space station orbits the Earth, the crew members get a literal bird's eye view of the entire planet, complete with clouds during the day and bright city lights at night. Crew members also got an extraordinary view of the launch of the Russian resupply mission last week.

Riccardo Rossi created the time-lapse onboard the ISS, and it shows the launch of Progress MS-10 as seen for orbit. You can clearly see the racket streaking away for the surface of the planet as it reaches space and jettisons the main stage of the rocket. You can also see the main stage of the rocket as it falls back into the atmosphere and burns up on re-entry.

MS-10 stays in the fame of the video as it reaches the orbit and chases the ISS down to make its docking rendezvous with lots of supplies for the people living on the ISS. From the launch to the final docking, MS-10 needed two days to complete its docking mission.

Aboard the resupply ship was 2.5 tons of cargo with 725kg of fuel, 420kg of fresh water, and lots of food, clothing, spare parts, and scientific gear. The ISS has been in orbit now for two decades.

As you watch the time lapse above, be sure to watch Earth as it flies by under the ISS. There was some talk in the video comments of the bright red flashing lights that can be seen from orbit near the end of the video at 1:13 mark. The consensus is that those are red flashing lights on windmills.

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