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Astronaut Snaps Photo of Her Friend's Launch Into Space. And It's Absolutely Stunning.



NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today (Sept. 25) at 9:57 am EDT (1457 GMT or 6:57 p.m. local time). Christina Koch

"What it looks like from @Space_Station when your best friend achieves her lifelong dream to go to space, "Cook wrote in a tweet sharing the image yesterday (on Sept. 25). "Caught the second stage in progress! We can not wait to welcome you onboard, crew of Soyuz 61!"

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Meir and Skripochka wants to stay on board the space station until February; their companionship Almansoori returns to Earth in a week, as he is a spaceflight participation. Koch wants to be home with Meir and Skripochka, completing the longest single spaceflight by a woman . She arrived in orbit on March 1

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Before becoming an astronaut, Meir is trained as a biologist, and she has received a flock of geese. She has already completed a stint with NASA's underwater research program.

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