When the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched a Soyuz rocket Wednesday (June 6) to ferry a new crew to the International Space Station, it added a special treat: external cameras that beamed live views of Earth from space.
"We're actually getting a new view here," NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said during live commentary of the launch. The rocket soared into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, but Dean was inside NASA's Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston during the webcast. [Russia's Space Traditions! 14 Things Every Cosmonaut Does for Launch]