We are so used to seeing CGI decorating outer space in movies and video games as seeing the real thing sometimes may feel overwhelming. This is not one of those times.
On Thursday, the European Space Agency (ESA) published a video from astronaut Alexander Gerst of the International Space Station (ISS). The video shows time-lapse footage of the Russian progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 16th. The movie is almost unbelievable, as it shows the spacecraft on a resupply mission to ISS, which protrudes from the Earth’s path. The camera slowly puffs and follows the unmanned Russian craft and reveals the earth’s curvature on an epic scale.
“This is true,” Gerst wrote in a tweet with the video . “How a spacecraft leaves our planet, seen from ISS.”
In addition to being incredible material, the video has a special meaning as it shows the first ISS-bound launch of a Russian Soyuz-FG rocket after an obsessed mission to ISS last month on the same rocket variant had to make an emergency landing minute after launch. The reason for the interrupted assignment was an incorrect sensor and miraculously no one was injured.
The November 16 mission was unmanned, but the Soyuz rockets will fly astronauts to the ISS again for Christmas, according to NASA boss Jim Bridenstine.
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