Those folks aboard the International Space Station are witness to all manner of incredible natural wonders - the Northern Lights, storms.
So it must be particularly poignant when a little bit of humanity manages to burst through all this as happened when the Ariane 5 rocket punched through the atmosphere.
The contrail of the Ariane 5 from French Guiana as seen from the ISS just a few minutes ago pic.twitter.com/n13Bu6ADwl— Rick Mastracchio (@AstroRM) February 6, 2014
The image was captured by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio on Thrsday.
The Ariane 5 is c arrying the ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus satellites into orbit and marked Arianspace's 250th launch.