The launch of the Soyuz to the Space Station photographed from space: “we had a spectacular view”!

Wednesday, September 21, a launcherlauncher Soyuz took off from the cosmodrome of BaikonurBaikonur in Kazakhstan towards the International Space Station with on board two cosmonautscosmonauts Russians, Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin, and an American, Frank Rubio. Everything went as planned despite the tense situation between the two nations in the current geopolitical context. The spacecraft carrying them docked three hours later with the ISS.

For their part, the inhabitants of the Space Station were able to follow, amazed, the journey of the SoyuzSoyuz into space, from its flight 400 kilometers below their feet. The photos taken by the astronautsastronauts Samantha Cristoforetti, of theESAESAand Bob Hines, of the NasaNasa, are breathtaking. From their position, to doorsdoors from space, the crew could see the launcher and the contrail behind it, break free from the gravitygravity land through the fine atmosphereatmosphere of our planet. The images are simply “spectacular”.

“We had a spectacular view of the launch of #Soyuz!, Sergey, Dmitry and Frank will be knocking on our door in just a few hours… We can’t wait to welcome them to their new home!” », tweeted Samantha Cristoforetti on Wednesday, who will soon become the first European woman to command the Space Station.

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