Night launches are spectacular, but turns out that sunrise launches are jaw dropping gorgeous!
Woohoooooo! SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule has returned, safe and sound, back to our glorious earth. I’m excited and ecstatic, what a wonderful and flawless mission this has been. So great, welcome to a new chapter in human spaceflight!
Another awesome and exciting launch, the first crewed Dragon 2 mission! Flawless launch, flawless separation, and she’s flying free, en route to the ISS. Oh, and stage 1 booster landed successfully as well. I’m as giddy as all get go.
Best of all? One of the two astronauts saying, “Let’s light this candle” several minutes before launch. Classic words.
While it may be “Launch America,” with the astronauts being Bob & Doug, there’s a definite Canadian angle to this as well… take of eh!
This is exciting as all get out. I’m keeping the live feed from SpaceX/NASA in the corner of my monitor as I work and I’ve let everyone know I’m unavailable for an hour this afternoon. Not. Missing. This.
Check out the live feed, on right now!
An amazing photo of SpaceX’s 20th CRS mission to the International Space Station, with both launch and the historic 50th landing of a booster:
Most amazing is this bit here, where you can see Main Engine Cut-Off, followed by stage separation, followed by Second Stage Engine Light, followed (and this is the super amazing bit) by first stage re-light and the boost back burn for its return back to land just a couple of miles away from where it started:
I can’t wait for the first crewed mission (just weeks away now!) and for tests on Starship to begin. Congrats to SpaceX!
Photos by Teslarati
Enjoy some jaw-droppingly amazing photos of the equally amazing Falcon Heavy launch from a couple weeks back. Really, some incredible shots here:
Plenty more at SpaceX’s Flickr Stream!
Another Space X amazement/appreciation post today for their wicked commercial Falcon Heavy launch and, even more wickedly, landing of all 3 (!) first-stage booster cores for reuse. (!!!) A 1000% successful day for them.
(Re)watch the glory here:
Our beautiful home
With the new Dragon II spacecraft approaching
A new dawn
In more ways than one
“We can be united by a cause that’s not based on fear, threat or common enemy but rather on a bold endeavor, an insatiable curiosity to go beyond what is known and to do what has never been done. We Humans were built for Exploration. And we were built to do it together.”
(Who has a glorious and delightful series on her twitter feed giving a tour of the station to the little earth plush that arrived with the Dragon II… very cute!)