By Cheyenne Macdonald For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:50 GMT, 6 December 2018 | Updated: 23:12 GMT, 6 December 2018
A breathtaking timelapse video captured by an astronaut on the International Space Station has revealed the moment a Soyuz rocket breaks through the clouds toward the darkness of space.
The incredible footage was filmed by ESA’s Alexander Gerst earlier this week, when Soyuz MS-11 launched carrying astronauts Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques and Oleg Kononenko to the ISS.
In the video, the rocket appears just a white streak snaking through the sky over Earth, before briefly lighting up in a bright bulb as the crewed spacecraft continues on its way to the orbiting lab.
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Soyuz MS-11 launched on December 3, a few weeks earlier than originally planned. The mission was advanced after Russia’s October launch failed, forcing astronauts to abort.
This time around, all went according to plan.
‘Our friends, on the way here,’ Gerst captioned the video. ‘The essence of spaceflight, in a timelapse showing the Soyuz MS-11 launch.
‘I still can’t comprehend that there are humans riding on the top of this lone white streak into the great black open.’
The new crew members successfully docked to the ISS and were on board later that day, when the space station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen.
A breathtaking timelapse video captured by an astronaut on the International Space Station has revealed the moment a Soyuz rocket breaks through the clouds toward the darkness of space. The rocket appears just a white streak