The Soyuz rocket left Kazakhstan for the International Space Station ( ISS ) and was captured by the ship’s crew.
Russia sent a new crew to the International Space Station ( ISS ) from Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
The trip, which took an American crew member among its ranks despite the tense moment between both countries, was seen from space, specifically from the inhabitants of the orbital ship to which it was headed.
This is what a rocket launch from orbit looks like
The photos were captured by Bob Hines and Samantha Cristoforetti, who will be teammates with new crew members Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin.
“Have you ever wondered what a launch from space looks like? It’s amazing!!” said US astronaut Hines.
Ever wonder what a 🚀 launch looks like from space? It’s amazing!! @NASA_Astronauts and fellow 🐢, Frank Rubio launched on a Soyuz just a few hours ago…now he’s at the front door of @Space_Station awaiting hatch opening! Welcome aboard, Frank! pic.twitter.com/YcPpXsWsnk
— Bob “Farmer” Hines (@Astro_FarmerBob) September 21, 2022
We had a spectacular view of the #Soyuz launch!
Sergey, Dmitry and Frank will come knocking on our door in just a couple of hours… looking forward to welcoming them to their new home! #MissionMinerva pic.twitter.com/b6PP8L6AEl
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) September 21, 2022
A joint mission
With the arrival of the 3 new members, the ISS will now host 10 members overall.
The new crew members will spend six months living and working aboard the space lab, conducting science experiments in microgravity and participating in extravehicular activities, better known as spacewalks.
On September 29, Expedition 67 commander Oleg Artemyev and cosmonauts Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov of Roscosmos will return in the same Soyuz spacecraft that reached orbit.