Soyuz ride into space

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On 28 May 2014, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman under the command of Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev rocketed into space in a Soyuz spacecraft. This was their voyage.

For Alexander and Reid it was the first time they saw Earth from space.

Strapped atop 274 tonnes of rocket propellants delivering 26 million horsepower, it took only six hours to reach their destination, International Space Station.

Alexander worked as a geophysicist and volcanologist before he was selected as an ESA astronaut in 2009. His Blue Dot mission included an extensive scientific programme of experiments in physical science, biology, and human physiology as well as radiation research and technology demonstrations. All experiments make use of the out-of-this-world laboratory to improve life on Earth or prepare for further human exploration of our Solar System.

Read more about the Blue Dot mission: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Blue_dot
Follow Alexander: http://alexandergerst.esa.int/

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6 Comments

  1. Wow, what an amazing experience that would be. Into SPACE!!  How wondrous it would be, and yet so hard to take in; that you are actually off the world that has held you for all these years, a world you were born into, and now you are sharing the actual space of all the celestial bodies that are out there!  I would love that experience.

  2. How come they say the earth spins but when viewed from videos like this we don’t see it ? Don’t worry I’m not a flat earther a conspiracy guy I’m just genuinely clueless and curious about this ?

  3. To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful
    🌍👼in
    that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the
    earth together, brothers on that bring loveliness💗❤️🤗 in the eternal cold – brothers who know
    now they are truly brothers.

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