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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SpaceX Does It Again!

Landing legs are deployed on a Falcon 9 first stage booster after returning to Earth following launch on July 14, 2014...in this footage taken by an onboard camera whose lens were covered in ice.
SpaceX

I should post this in my Human Spaceflight Blog since this has a huge impact on SpaceX's future plans to conduct manned space exploration at a truly affordable cost, but it's all good. Check out this cool Rocketcam video showing a Falcon 9 first stage booster successfully touching down in the Atlantic Ocean (though the booster broke apart after going horizontal and impacting the water moments later) after launching six Orbcomm communications satellites into Earth orbit on July 14. Much of the footage is obscured by ice that built up on the camera lens during the vehicle's descent through the atmosphere, but the gist of this video is clear: SpaceX is making considerable progress in creating a rocket that will pretty much be completely reusable and allow the company to pursue the goal that it, NASA, um China and all other spacefaring nations want to attain...and that's to send people to Mars. Godspeed everyone! And China.

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