When the Russian Progress MS-10 cargo ship was launched on a Soyuz rocket on November 16, 2018, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst was ready to capture him … from the International Space Station. This time lapse shows how a rocket launch is seen from approximately 250 miles away from Earth in orbit.
The rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was carrying 5,653 pounds of cargo. The launches are scheduled to take place after the ISS flies over, and the rockets reach the 17,900-mph space station for docking.
Gerst took the photos in the lapse of time by mounting a camera in the Cupola module and using an intervalometer to take pictures at regular intervals. Reproduced at a normal speed of 8 to 16 times, the previous lapse of time shows approximately 15 minutes of the launch of the rocket.
The remarkable launching stages seen in the video include the separation of reinforcement (00:07), the separation of the central stage (00:19), the burning of the central stage in the Earth's atmosphere (00:34 ) and the progress that separates from the rocket and enters orbit (00:34)).