APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

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APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:05 am

[img]https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/calendar/S_210401.jpg[/img] Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space Station

Explanation: Have you ever seen a rocket launch -- from space? A close inspection of the featured time-lapse video will reveal a rocket rising to Earth orbit as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian Soyuz-FG rocket was launched in November 2018 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a Progress MS-10 (also 71P) module to bring needed supplies to the ISS. Highlights in the 90-second video (condensing about 15-minutes) include city lights and clouds visible on the Earth on the lower left, blue and gold bands of atmospheric airglow running diagonally across the center, and distant stars on the upper right that set behind the Earth. A lower stage can be seen falling back to Earth as the robotic supply ship fires its thrusters and begins to close on the ISS, a space laboratory that celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. Astronauts who live aboard the Earth-orbiting ISS conduct, among more practical duties, numerous science experiments that expand human knowledge and enable future commercial industry in low Earth orbit.

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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by heehaw » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:20 am

OMG! --- This is truly WONDERFUL!

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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by Marially3 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:09 am

Lovely, although I have to admit I was looking forward to the annual April 1 APOD.

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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:04 pm

And I thought we were going to get April Fooled! :lol2:
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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by E Fish » Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:20 pm

That was beautiful, and I really appreciate the helpful arrows. I lost track a couple of times. :)

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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by johnnydeep » Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:46 pm

Wow - this beats the best CGI all to hell!
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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by ta152h0 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:53 pm

It's good to see this film. I would like to see the picture of Gemini 4 ascending thru the atmosphere as seen from the cockpit of the Phantom jet rising with it so long ago. I've never seen that film; maybe you have and can publish it. Pass the ice cold one
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Post by alter-ego » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:53 am

orin stepanek wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:04 pm
And I thought we were going to get April Fooled! :lol2:
Yeah, me too.
I got my April Fool fix from this S&T article:
CAKES, CATS, AND STARS — ASTRO APRIL FOOLS
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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by zebulon 1er » Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:04 am

Hello,

Thank you for this amazing video.

I noticed something strange in it :
Just before the end box, on the Earth (in the middle of the screen at ~1:21), we see two things flashing, distant, but in sync, with a reddish color. Maybe a thunderstorm, given the shape of the lightning? But it flashes too regularly to be natural (and chaotic). I can't figure out what it could be at all. Does anyone know what it is ?

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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by johnnydeep » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:26 pm

zebulon 1er wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:04 am
Hello,

Thank you for this amazing video.

I noticed something strange in it :
Just before the end box, on the Earth (in the middle of the screen at ~1:21), we see two things flashing, distant, but in sync, with a reddish color. Maybe a thunderstorm, given the shape of the lightning? But it flashes too regularly to be natural (and chaotic). I can't figure out what it could be at all. Does anyone know what it is ?
Good eyes! Not sure what that is, but I'd suspect a reflection of a blinking light from inside the space station, assuming that the video was taken from an internal (that is, behind a window) camera.
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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by neufer » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:10 pm

Click to play embedded YouTube video.
johnnydeep wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:26 pm
zebulon 1er wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:04 am

Just before the end box, on the Earth (in the middle of the screen at ~1:21), we see two things flashing, distant, but in sync, with a reddish color. Maybe a thunderstorm, given the shape of the lightning? But it flashes too regularly to be natural (and chaotic). I can't figure out what it could be at all. Does anyone know what it is ?
Good eyes! Not sure what that is, but I'd suspect a reflection or a blinking light from inside the space station, assuming that the video was taken from an internal (that is, behind a window) camera.
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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by hdewolf » Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:14 pm

I assume that the explosion of the rocket at 0:24, just after crossing the border of the atmosphere was the April 1 fun part

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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:28 pm

hdewolf wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:14 pm
I assume that the explosion of the rocket at 0:24, just after crossing the border of the atmosphere was the April 1 fun part
It's not exploding. That's a staging operation.
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Re: APOD: Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space... (2021 Apr 01)

Post by astrogb » Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:52 pm

As the best fantasy movies, that is marvelous. But also real!
Congratulations to the authors!