A new video of the European Space Agency shows the spectacular launch of the Soyuz rocket.
The video was captured by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and shows the Russian Progress MS-10 spacecraft taking off from the Soyuz rocket on Nov. 16. The spacecraft carried food and supplies for astronauts aboard the International Space Station and fuel to replenish the ISS. The spacecraft carried 5,653 pounds of supplies and fuel.
Elapsed time footage condenses the 15-minute release into a video of only a minute and a half. It shows the separation of the Soyuz-FG rocket, the separation of the central stage, the nucleus starting to burn in the atmosphere and returning to Earth after using its fuel and finally the Progress spacecraft separating from the rocket and entering orbit to reach the ISS.
The rocket flies at 17,900 miles per hour to 249 miles above Earth before landing two days later.