Rocket launches aren't just amazing sights for people on Earth. They wow astronauts in space, too.
The latest example comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who captured a surprising view of a Russian Soyuz rocket launching to the International Space Station blasted off on March 28. From Hadfield's viewpoint on the space station, the Soyuz rocket appeared as a bright orange glow rising from the Earth's surface.
Hadfield, who commands the space station's Expedition 35 crew, posted a photo of his unique view of the Soyuz launch on Twitter.
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"Tonight's Finale: Soyuz Rocket Launch - the moment of ignition, as seen from their target, the Space Station," Hadfield wrote.
Usually, space station residents cannot see their future crewmates as they start their journey into orbit, but the launch last week was a special exception. The space station passed over the Soyuz rocket's launch site (Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan) just minutes before the rocket carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov launched into orbit on a speedy, six-hour six-hour "express" trip to the orbiting lab.