Image of the Day: Rocket cloud in space

Credit: ESA/NASA

In space, things are different. Generally, they seem to be way more awesome. Even something as simple as a disintegrating upper stage from a Russian ballistic missile (which we see down here on Earth all the time) gets turned into something beautiful and unexpected. This picture was taken by astronaut Luca Parmitano out a window of the International Space Station, and shows part of a Topol/SS-25 missile (launched from Khazakstan) presumably burning itself out in a spherical cloud of smoke high above the Earth.

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