The Soyuz capsule launched yesterday, September 25th, in order for the members to visit the International Space Station and to join a crew of six astronauts currently living and working onboard. The capsule was caught on camera by a member of the International Space Station itself, and the result looks stunning as you can see for yourself:
The five other astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS with Koch gathered to watch the spacecraft’s approach. Andrew Morgan, a NASA astronaut, tweeted: “All six members of #Expedition60 packed into the cupola, our window on the Earth, to see this rare spectacle.”
The Soyuz capsule had blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and it consisted of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori.
“What it looks like from @Space_Station when your best friend achieves her lifelong dream to go to space,” Christina Koch wrote in a tweet sharing the image yesterday (on Sept. 25). “Caught the second stage in progress! We can’t wait to welcome you onboard, crew of Soyuz 61!”
Christina Koch will complete the longest single spaceflight by a woman
Meir and Skripochka will remain onboard the space station until February, and after that they’ll be heading home along with Christina Koch, who arrived in orbit on Marth 14th. Therefore, Koch will complete the longest single spaceflight by a woman.
On the other hand, the first astronaut to finish his space debts is United Arab Emirates participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, who will return to Earth in just a week from the International Space Station.
Christina Koch is a 40 years old engineer and NASA astronaut of the class of 2013. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.