European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this incredible image during a crewed Soyuz launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 3, 2018.
Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a ideal launch that follows October's aborted mission.
At a press conference on the eve of the launch, crew commander Kononenko said the astronauts "absolutely" trusted teams preparing for the flight.
Saint-Jacques will be the first Canadian astronaut to visit the space station since Chris Hadfield, who recorded a version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on board in 2013.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled at 5:31 p.m. (1131 GMT; 6:31 a.m. EST) Monday from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
They're due to arrive at the ISS six hours after launch, and they'll board the station less than two hours after that.
"We have confirmation of the spacecraft separation; Soyuz capsule and crew safely in orbit", NASA TV said online in its blow-by-blow commentary of the take-off. "We feel very ready for it", she said.
The mission marked the 100th orbital launch of 2018, and the first time in 28 years that humanity reached that number of launches within a calendar year.
The malfunction affected the booster rocket, which appeared to fail to separate properly.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter that the crew were "safely in orbit" and thanked the U.S. and Russian teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".
Russia's state space corporation, Roscosmos, traced the failure to a damaged sensor and found that two other Soyuz rockets might have the same defect.
The astronauts who were forced to make an emergency landing will attempt to launch again next spring.
The FSB reportedly intervened to demand the cancellation of the contract between USA firm OneWeb and state corporation Roscosmos to launch a constellation of internet-connectivity satellites.