We are accustomed to watch how spacecraft take off from launch pads. However, we could not admire how they break out of the Earth from a cosmic perspective. Let's fill in the blanks.
On Thursday, the ESA published a video recorded by the astronaut on the ISS, Alexander Gerst. In the video you can see how the Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) on November 16, ended up in space (you will see a bright light flying through a sphere). These are incredible shots, because you see how the cargo ship for the station’s supply is breaking into orbit. The camera slowly slides behind the unmanned vehicle, revealing the curvature of the planet on an epic scale.
In addition to the incredible pictures, the video is important, because it captures the first launch of the Russian Soyuz rocket after the situation with the canceled crew launch last month. The cause was a faulty sensor. The astronauts, fortunately, did not suffer.