Rocket Launch to ISS Looks Like Ascending Angel in This Stunning Space Photo


Space might be poetic, and typically that poetry is visible. A wild view of a crewed Russian Soyuz launch on Wednesday appears to me like an angelic determine, wings unfold, ascending towards orbit. 

The picture comes from European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who’s at the moment on board the International Space Station. “We had a spectacular view of the Soyuz launch!” Cristoforetti tweeted together with two pictures taken from the station.

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Cristoforetti’s first picture is the place I see the angel close to the underside of the plume. It’s the identical form you get whenever you stretch out within the snow and wave your legs and arms. 

The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft was crewed by NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin. It safely docked to the ISS. Though US relations with Russia are fraught over the Ukraine invasion, the house rideshare with Roscosmos and NASA went off easily. 

The ISS views of the launch are ethereal. You can examine that perspective to a NASA picture taken from the bottom in Kazakhstan.

The Roscosmos Soyuz MS-22 rocket takes off with one NASA astronaut and two cosmonauts on board on Sept. 21, 2022.


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Cristoforetti’s luminous picture jogs my memory of the time when ESA noticed an “angelic figure” full with a halo in a Mars floor formation. It’s all about discovering pleasure within the house expertise, the poetry inside the science.

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