Thursday, September 26, 2019

View of Soyuz Rocket Launch | International Space Station

View of Soyuz Rocket Launch | International Space Station
Sept. 25, 2019: NASA Astronaut Christina Koch captured this image of three multinational crewmembers launching to the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan, including NASA astronaut Jessica Meir.

Christina: "What it looks like from the International Space Station when your best friend achieves her lifelong dream to go to space. Caught the second stage in progress! We can’t wait to welcome you onboard, crew of Soyuz 61!"

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Hazzaa Ali Almansoori from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched safely for their mission aboard the International Space Station on the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft at 9:57 a.m. EDT.

The crew began their six-hour trip to the orbital laboratory during which they will orbit Earth four times.

From Caribou, Maine, Jessica Meir is a graduate of Brown University, has an advanced degree from the International Space University, and earned her doctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Meir’s September launch to the station will mark her first spaceflight. She was selected as an astronaut in 2013. Jessica is the first woman from Maine to reach orbit!

United Arab Emirates’ Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, a Roscosmos spaceflight participant, will return with to Earth Oct. 3rd. This is his first spaceflight.

Image Credit: NASA/JSC
Image Date: September 25, 2019



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