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Amazing light show as Soyuz rocket takes British and US astronauts to space

By The Siberian Times reporter
16 December 2015

Siberian night sky illuminated by launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Soon after blast-off, their Soyuz TMA-19M rocket made a spectacular journey across the Siberian night sky. Picture: Alexey Malitsky

Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko arrived at the International Space Station with astronauts Major Tim Peake, from the United Kingdom, and Tim Kopra, from the US.

But soon after blast-off, their Soyuz TMA-19M rocket made a spectacular journey across the Siberian night sky, with a dazzling display caught on camera by residents in Kemerovo and Altai regions as well as the republics of Altai and Khakassia.

Soyuz as seen from Siberia


Soyuz as seen from Siberia


Soyuz as seen from Siberia


Soyuz as seen from Siberia


Soyuz as seen from Siberia

'So beautiful,' said one. 'Like watching Interstellar,' said another. Pictures: Roman Fominykh, Alexey Romanov, Artem Rustamov, Dmitry Dudukin

We show some of the best images of the radiant display, which led some to think they had seen a UFO. In fact, the local media in many regions had alerted Siberians to the expected rocket display in advance, and it didn't disappoint.

'So beautiful,' said one. 'Like watching Interstellar,' said another. 

Major Tim - the first British astronaut for a generation - described his journey and the amazing views he saw from his Russian rocket. 

Soyuz launch


Soyuz launch

Soyuz TMA-19M launch pictured by Scott Kelly from the orbit. The launch as seen from Baikonur. Pictures: Scott Kelly, Roscosmos

'It was a beautiful launch and we got launched straight into night and got on with the work,' he said. 'The first sunrise was absolutely spectacular, and we also got the benefit of a moonrise which was beautiful to see.'

But his trail across the Siberian sky was also worth a mention. 

Comments (1)

great indeed. no one mistook it for an UFO?
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
16/12/2015 23:10
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