Stunning views of the Progress launch — from above!

Waaaaaaay above — the crew of the ISS got a great view!  This also highlights a nice bit of science: the rocket plume expands tremendously as it climbs above the atmosphere.  These images were taken by ISS crewmen Tim Peake and Tim Kopra.  The city lights that appear in the last picture are somewhere in Asia, but I don’t know anything more specific than that.  Probably Russia; maybe China.  It’s pretty neat, though.  😉

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