NASA astronauts Frank Rubio, Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitriy Petlin arrived safely at the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, after a flight from Earth that took more than three hours.
The trio launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and the location of the International Space Station at the time of launch gave the station crew a clear view of where a Soyuz rocket was making its way into space.
Members of the International Space Station crew, Bob Hines and Samantha Cristoforetti, managed to capture some shots of the rocket as it soared into the sky.
“Have you ever wondered what a launch from space looks like? Amazing!!” US astronaut Haynes tweeted along with a number of photos showing the astronauts on their way to the orbiting laboratory. Heinz added, “Frank Rubio launched a Soyuz just a few hours ago…and now he’s at the front door [the] A space station is waiting for the hatch to open! Welcome on board, Frank! “
Have you ever wondered what a launch from space looks like? amazing thing!! Tweet embed And his colleague 🐢, Frank Rubio shot Soyuz just a few hours ago… and he is now at the front door of @space station Waiting for the hatch to open! Welcome on board, Frank! pic.twitter.com/YcPpXsWsnk
And the[مدش]. Bob “Farmer” Heinz (@Astro_FarmerBob) September 21 2022
Cristoforetti also shared some photos showing the early stages of the mission. “We had a great view of the Soyuz launch!” The Italian astronaut tweeted. “Sergey, Dmitriy and Frank will be knocking on our door in just a couple of hours…and we look forward to welcoming them to their new home!”
We had a great view of # Soyuz release!
Sergey, Dmitriy and Frank will be knocking on our door in just a couple of hours…and we look forward to welcoming them to their new home! #MissionMinerva pic.twitter.com/b6PP8L6AEl
And the[مدش]. Samantha Cristoforetti (AstroSamantha) September 21 2022
The images show the exhaust trail of Soyuz engines as the rocket headed toward space with a beautiful tropical sunrise as the background. Other images show the spacecraft in the blackness of space and upon its arrival at the International Space Station.
Here’s the same launch process as seen from Earth:
Rubio makes his first flight into space, joining with Prokopyev and Petlin seven others in the orbital position. Over the next six months, the trio will be working on a large number of science experiments and possibly participating in several spacewalks.