Just Popping Out For A Bit

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Last Sunday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from from Kennedy Space Centre’s Launch Complex 39A. It would be back. To wit:

This 3 minute 20 second exposure traces the launch streak as seen over watery reflections from Port Canaveral, about 15 miles south of the launch. The rocket carried four astronauts en route to the International Space Station on the first flight of a NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system. Dubbed Resilience, the astronauts’ Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the orbital outpost one day later, on Monday, November 16. At the conclusion of their six-month stay on the ISS, the Crew-1 astronauts will use their spacecraft to return to Earth. Of course about 9 minutes after launch the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returned to Earth, landing in the Atlantic Ocean on autonomous spaceport drone ship Just Read The Instructions. 

(Image: Jen Scott)

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1 thought on “Just Popping Out For A Bit

  1. ian-oh

    I have to give it to Elon Musk.

    I was always passionate and excited about the idea of space travel but in a few short years he has completely taken any joy out of it for me.

    Like his bezzy mate Kanye not take yer pills FFS, just another deranged egotist who makes everything about him.

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