Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 11/14/2011

NASA begins Russia hitchhiker program (video)

The Soyuz TMA-22 has left Earth’s atmosphere, launching the new era of NASA’s space program: hitching rides to the International Space Station on Russian spacecraft. After the closure of the U.S. space shuttle program, the Russian spacecraft is the only way to reach the station.


The Russian Soyuz TMA-22 space ship attached on the Soyuz-FG rocket booster prior to the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Mikhail Metzel/AP)

Concerns about the joint venture into space arose last month after an unmanned Russian ship crashed, but NASA announced the agency was confident the Russian program had corrected the problem, the Associated Press reports.

Once we raced them, now we travel shotgun with them. In honor of the launch, check out the stunning video compiled of photographs taken from onboard the International Space Station from August to October. It’s a beauty:

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