The take-off of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz seen from space


Just over a week ago, Alexander Gerst, the German astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), recorded a video to show what an ISS rocket is like.

The video, which looks like a scene from a movie, was recorded in the Cupola module. As you can see, it shows the Russian Soyud rocket that was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with the Progress MS-10 cargo ship with 2,564 kg of ISS supplies including food, fuel, oxygen and water.

The video the astronaut made is timpelapse 15 minutes, whose speed was increased by 8 to 16 times compared to normal speed. This resulted in a video of about a minute, where you can see how the rocket is launched and the different stages of separation.

The European Space Agency has highlighted the following events in the video:

  • 00:07: Separation of boosters
  • 00:19: Separation of the central stage
  • 00:34:05: The central stage burns in the atmosphere and begins its return to the Earth because it spent all its fuel
  • Progress 71 is separated from the rocket and goes to the ISS.

The next launch of the cosmodrome will take a crew of three astronauts to the ISS on December 3 of this year.


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