Climb aboard a Soyuz flight to the ISS from liftoff to linkup

Here's an uplifting experience pieced together with footage from multiple Russian Soyuz space missions to the International Space Station.   This video takes us from the fiery launch to orbital maneuvering above the Big Blue Marble, approach and docking procedures joining up with the ISS and ends with a heavenly view of the Earth from the observation cupola.  Despite the veritable ease with which the spacecraft and space station consummate the mission in a successful linkup, there's nothing routine about any aspect of space travel in the cold, hostile vacuum of low Earth orbit.  

Take a look and tell us if this graceful astro-dance kicks off an adventurous weekend for you.

(Via Sploid)

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