Watching stage one landings are a favorite, emotion-filled pasttime of mine.
We recently visited the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, and today I watched the live stream of SpaceX’s launch. Lots of awe lately.
Soon I’ll live nearer to Cape Canaveral and plan to watch future launches in-person. Woo!
A ten story tall rocket hovers in the air and then returns safely to the launch pad. The future is now, and I’m amazed.
Looks like one of the SpaceX Falcon 9 boosters exploded during launch (at 29 seconds in). Luckily the other 8 are designed to pick up the slack.
We watched the launch yesterday. At one point the video feed had the rocket aiming downwards and my girlfriend remarked that it appears to be burning up on it’s way back to earth. Wonder if this explosion coincided with her remarks. After the explosion you can clearly see the thrust pattern change from 9 well-organized burns to a chaos of flames.