The Soyuz TMA-13M rocket launches with Expedition 40 Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of the Russian Space Agency ROSCOSMOS, and astronauts Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Reid Wiseman of NASA. The video below shows the launch .
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"Earthrise" Taken in December 1968 during the Apollo 8 Mission. Credit: Apollo 8, NASA
The famous photo above was not part of a planned photography session and it came about by sheer luck and coincidence. The video below explains the fascinating circumstances around how "Earthrise" was taken.