& # 39; When your best friend realizes her lifelong dream of going to space & # 39 ;: NASA astronaut on space station posts amazing photo of colleague shooting in rocket to go with her
- NASA astronaut shared the image of Soyuz MS 15 craft launch into space
- The image marks a tail of smoke coming out of the vessel when it leaves the earth
- Ship carries a NASA astronaut friend who she applauds for achieving a dream
It is a friendship that is out of this world.
The astronaut from the international space station captured the breathtaking moment when the Soyuz MS 15 spacecraft shot into space – and her best friend was on board.
NASA flight engineer, Christina Koch, shared the snap on twitter to celebrate & # 39; how it looks from @Space_Station when your best friend realizes her lifelong dream of going to space & # 39 ;.
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The astronaut from the international space station caught a breathtaking moment when smoke protrudes above the earth while the Soyuz MS 15 spacecraft shoots into space – and on board the vessel was her best friend
The image shows the Soyuz MS-15 space flight leaving the Earth and heading for the ISS International Space Station.
The vessel takes three people to the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, Hazzaa Ali Almansoori from the United Arab Emirates and Jessica Meir, NASA astronaut and Koch's best friend – the mission is named & # 39; Expedition 61 & # 39; got.
Koch and Meir met during the astronaut training and will not be reunited in the space where they will work together until February 2020.
& # 39; What does @Space_Station look like when your best friend realizes her lifelong dream of going to space & # 39 ;, Koch wrote in a tweet.
The interstellar show could be seen from the ground and some people shared the image that the world could enjoy
& # 39; Captured the second ongoing phase! We can't wait to welcome you on board, crew of Soyuz 61! & # 39;
De Soyuz successfully docked at ISS at 3.42 p.m. EDT on the same day of the launch.
During Expedition 61, crew members will install new lithium-ion batteries for two of the station's solar panels through a series of space walks, according to NASA.
Later in the mission, space walkers will upgrade and repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an important scientific instrument housed outside the station to study dark matter and the origins of the universe.
From left to right are astronauts Nicole Aunapu Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir and Christina Hammock Koch
And the ISS mission reaches its own milestone.
When Koch goes home, she has completed 355 days in space, which is the longest single space flight of a woman.
In the past, Koch has shared other stunning images of her view from space.
Earlier this year, the NASA astronaut shared a detailed picture of the earth transition from day to night.
Earlier this year, the NASA astronaut shared a detailed picture of the earth transition from day to night
Koch shared the stunning image on Twitter and stated that no filter was used
& # 39; A few times a year, @Space_Station's orbit matches the day / night shadow line on Earth & # 39 ;, Koch wrote.
# We are constantly in sunlight, never go into the shadow of the earth by the sun and the earth below us is always in the early morning or dusk.
& # 39; Nice moment to look at the cloud. #nofilter, & # 39; she added.
The international space station orbits about 220 miles above the Earth and, according to 92, completes a journey around our planet every 92 minutes NASA.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION?
The international space station ISS is a scientific and technical laboratory of $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) that runs 250 km above the earth.
It has been permanently manned since November 2000 by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts.
Research on board the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions in a low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.
ISS studies have researched human subjects, space medicine, life sciences, natural sciences, astronomy and meteorology.
The US space agency NASA spends around $ 3 billion (£ 2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, a funding level endorsed by the Trump government and the congress.
A commission from the US House of Representatives overseeing NASA has begun investigating whether the program should be extended beyond 2024.
Alternatively, the money could be used to accelerate planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.
It travels at an astounding 17,200 miles per hour, allowing astronauts to see up to 15 or 16 sunrises and sunsets every day.
That amounts to tens of thousands of sunsets and sunrises that have been watched over the course of a year. For example, retired American astronaut Scott Kelly observed 10,944 sunrises and series during his year in space.
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