Current International Space Station Cmdr. Alexander Gerst expected to be welcoming two additional crewmembers to the orbiting laboratory today (Oct. 11) — but instead, he found himself photographing their failed launch.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this incredible view of a failed crew launch to the International Space Station on Oct. 11, 2018.
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The astronauts landed safely and were picked up by a search-and-rescue team that was deployed as part of standard launch procedure.
Although the dramatic launch barely made it to space before the capsule tumbled back to Earth, it was certainly visible from space. Gerst was able to spot the rocket's climb from on board its hoped-for destination, capturing a majestic streak of white piercing Earth's atmosphere.
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European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst photographed the space station's view of a failed crew launch on Oct. 11, 2018.
"Glad our friends are fine," Gerst wrote in a statement accompanying the image. "Thanks to the rescue force of over 1,000 search-and-rescue...
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