How to launch a rocket to the International Space Station
Amazing pictures show Wednesday's launch of a Soyuz rocket, carrying three crew members to the International Space Station.
People turned out to watch Wednesday's launch which lit up the night sky in Kazakhstan and could be seen for miles around. Russian Soyuz rockets are being used to transport crew members to and from the ISS after Nasa retired its ageing Space Shuttle fleet.
This awesome photo shows the moments after the latest Soyuz TMA rocket launched into space. Check out that amazing light trail.
And here's the rocket's trail if a photo is taken over a longer period of time. It shows the circular paths of the stars around the Pole Star, neatly illustrating the rotation of Earth.
The rocket has three crew members on board and took just six hours to reach the International Space Station (ISS). This image shows the moment the rocket blasted off.
The three men on board are Commander Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, and Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of Nasa. The team will spend the next five and a half months in orbit aboard the International Space Station.
US Astronaut Reid Wiseman waves to his daughters as he heads off for final preparations before departure. Astronauts have to go through years of intensive training before they go into space, and have to be extremely fit to cope with the pressures living in orbit puts on their bodies.
The line of light at the top of the photo shows the trail of the Soyuz rocket in this 30-second-long photo.