In a video that looks like something a special effects store would produce, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst captured one of the most remarkable sights of a rocket launch we've ever seen.
This extraordinary lapse of time shows the launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket that took off on November 16, 2018 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A Progress MS-10 probe filled with 2564 kg of cargo stood at the top of the rocket, which is seen en route to the International Space Station.
The ISS is about 400 kilometers above the surface of the Earth, and moves at around 28,000 km / h. Supply runs are launched after the ISS flies, allowing cargo vessels to advance and reach the outpost in about two days, which in this case was on November 18, 2018.
Armed with a camera, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst filmed the video while it was inside the European-built dome module. Playback ranges from eight to 16 times the normal speed and compresses 15 minutes of recording in a single minute.
In terms of remarkable moments, the separation of the Soyuz-FG rocket occurs at the 7-second mark, followed by the separation of the central stage in 19 seconds. At 34 seconds, the central stage begins to burn in the atmosphere, returning to Earth after exhausting its fuel supply. Watching burn in re-entry is pretty cool. After this stage, the Progress spacecraft separates from the rocket and enters orbit in search of the ISS.
Gerst's video offers a rocket launching perspective that we do not usually use, but it's yet another reminder of how spectacular the ISS is. As exciting as this video is, however, it is probably nothing compared to what it is personally.