A rocket launch is always an amazing sight to watch – whether watching the live stream on the Internet or you have the privilege of watching the event from somewhere near the launch site. And while we've seen our fair share of Earth's memorable rocket launches, a handful of people have the unique opportunity to attend these incredible space ventures.
A beautiful video shot of the International Space Station (ISS) captures an orbiting spacecraft, revealing the appearance of a rocket launch on the other side of the Karman Line – the commonly accepted boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space.
The filming – a time lapse of a Soyuz-FG rocket launch, filmed by the German Space Agency's (ESA) German astronaut Alexander Gerst – fills in the missing parts of the story, revealing the invisible aspects of spaceflight that they usually avoid the eyes of earth-bound observers.
According to ESA, the short film was captured on November 16, when the Soyuz-FG rocket took the space with the Russian cargo spacecraft MS-10. Also known as Progress 71, the freighter was shipped in a sourcing operation to the ISS and anchored at the orbital post two days later.
The spectacular view was captured by Gerst, who was able to film about 15 minutes from the launch of Progress 71 from the Cupola window on the space station. Earlier this week, the German astronaut took Twitter to share the incredible views of space.
"This is real," said Gerst, who heads the ISS as commander of Expedition 57.
This is real. As a spacecraft leaves our planet, seen from the ISS. / Dies sind echte Aufnahmen. Wie ein Raumschiff unseren The Planeten verlässt – von der ISS is gesehen. #Horizons High resolution: https://t.co/p0PeiITcWS pic.twitter.com/Mmpv5h3P21
– Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) November 22, 2018
The breathtaking time lapse was captured with a set of cameras to take pictures at regular intervals and shows the launch at about eight to 16 times the normal speed.
In the video, the Soyuz rocket can be seen leaving our planet in a bright flash and then deploying the Progress 71 cargo ship. The main moments of the launch show the separation of the rocket propeller at 00:07, the separation of the first phase at 00:19, and the Progress spacecraft being deployed and entering orbit at 00:34 – followed by the reentry of fire of the spacecraft. Soyuz first stage in the Earth's atmosphere 00:36.
The rocket and its cargo rose into the sky from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:14 p.m. EST on November 16. Russian cargo arrived at the ISS on Nov. 18, carrying 5,652 pounds of supplies for astronauts who live and work 250 miles above Earth.
"The Progress spacecraft provided food, fuel and supplies, including about 750 kg of propellant, 75 kg of oxygen and air and 440 liters of water," notes an ESA statement.
This is the first flight of a Soyuz-FG rocket since an incident of malfunction led to a launch abortion on October 11, notes Sputnik News.
"The Progress spacecraft was originally scheduled to be launched on the ISS on October 30, but the launch was rescheduled for November 16 after the October 11 abortive launch," the Russian news agency TASS reported.
The incident last month occurred during the manned MS-10 capsule launch, which was sent to ISS with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin on board. The two astronauts were unharmed and were able to land safely on Earth a few minutes after takeoff. Inquisitr reported at the time.
The next scheduled launch of Baikonur will take place on December 3, when the Soyuz MS-11 capsule is expected to bring a three-member crew to the space station. The astronauts waiting to get into space are Anne McClain of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.