Stunning Supermoon Rises over Soyuz MS-03 & Rocket at Baikonur


At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the moon, or supermoon, rises above the launch pad at Launch Complex 1 Nov. 14, where the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft stands poised to liftoff following its transport to the pad for final pre-launch preparations. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest, or at perigee, to Earth. The Soyuz will launch Nov. 18, Baikonur time, to send Expedition 50-51 crewmembers Peggy Whitson of NASA, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency to the International Space Station for a six-month mission.

Source: NASA Television



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