NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin arrived safely on the Worldwide House Station (ISS) on Wednesday, following a journey from Earth that took simply over three hours.
The trio blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and the place of the ISS on the time of launch gave the station’s crew a transparent view because the Soyuz rocket made its solution to area.
ISS crew members Bob Hines and Samantha Cristoforetti even managed to seize some photographs of the rocket because it blasted skyward.
“Ever surprise what a launch appears like from area? It’s wonderful!!” American astronaut Hines tweeted alongside quite a few pictures exhibiting the astronauts on their solution to the orbiting laboratory. Hines added: “Frank Rubio launched on a Soyuz only a few hours in the past … now he’s on the entrance door of [the] area station awaiting hatch opening! Welcome aboard, Frank!”
Ever surprise what a 🚀 launch appears like from area? It’s wonderful!! @NASA_Astronauts and fellow 🐢, Frank Rubio launched on a Soyuz only a few hours in the past…now he’s on the entrance door of @Space_Station awaiting hatch opening! Welcome aboard, Frank! pic.twitter.com/YcPpXsWsnk
— Bob “Farmer” Hines (@Astro_FarmerBob) September 21, 2022
Cristoforetti additionally shared some pictures exhibiting the early levels of the mission. “We had a spectacular view of the Soyuz launch!” the Italian astronaut tweeted. “Sergey, Dmitry and Frank will come knocking on our door in simply a few hours … wanting ahead to welcoming them to their new residence!”
We had a spectacular view of the #Soyuz launch!
Sergey, Dmitry and Frank will come knocking on our door in simply a few hours… wanting ahead to welcoming them to their new residence! #MissionMinerva pic.twitter.com/b6PP8L6AEl
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) September 21, 2022
The photographs present the Soyuz engines’ exhaust path because the rocket roared towards area with a gorgeous orbital dawn because the backdrop. Different photos present the spacecraft within the blackness of area and because it reaches the ISS.
Right here’s the identical launch as seen from the bottom:
Rubio is on his very first journey to area and, along with Prokopyev and Petelin, joins seven others on the orbital outpost. For the following six months, the trio will work on a slew of science experiments and maybe participate in a number of spacewalks.