Extraordinary photo of rocket launch taken from space a few minutes ago

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I've seen some spectacular photographs of spaceships launching to orbit, but this has to be one of the best: The contrail of an Ariane 5 rocket launch taken "just a few minutes ago" by astronaut Rick Mastracchio from the International Space Station.

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longneckedgoose
tarusbooboo

Nice. One view I've never seen is one my father told me about. He said that once the rocket had cleared the atmosphere the exhaust would curl around from the rocket nozzle all the way up to the nose of the missile. My dad was a range safety officer at Canaveral, so I imagine he knew. Sure would make an interesting photo. But I'll be dammed if I can figure out how they would take the picture while the rocket was in the thrust stage of its flight.