APOD: Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up (2019 Apr 20)

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APOD: Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up (2019 Apr 20)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:07 am

Image Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up

Explanation: Twenty seven Merlin rocket engines are firing in this close-up of the launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket. Derived from three Falcon 9 first stage rockets with nine Merlin rocket engines each, the Falcon Heavy left NASA's Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39A on April 11. This second launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket carried the Arabsat 6A communications satellite to space. In February of 2018, the first Falcon Heavy launch carried Starman and a Tesla Roadster. Designed to be reusable, both booster stages and the central core returned safely to planet Earth, the boosters to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station landing zones. The core stage landed off shore on autonomous spaceport drone ship Of Course I Still Love You.

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Re: APOD: Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up (2019 Apr 20)

Post by daddyo » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:23 am

That’s worthy of being called Art

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Re: APOD: Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up (2019 Apr 20)

Post by DL MARTIN » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:55 am

Since space exploration is, to use a Marshall McLuhan dictum, one of 'advancing into the future looking in a rear view mirror', reusables and robots is the only sensible way to go.

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Re: APOD: Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up (2019 Apr 20)

Post by De58te » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:27 am

Oh man! Some days trying to understand these APOD explanations is like trying to understand rocket science!

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Re: APOD: Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up (2019 Apr 20)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:25 am

S'latta fire :rocketship: :thumb_up: :yes:
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Re: APOD: Falcon Heavy Launch Close Up (2019 Apr 20)

Post by Tragic Astronomy » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:24 pm

Your imagination's having puppies
It could be a video for new recruits
Just stare into the camera
And pretend that you've got the flu
Or dreams of impossible vacations
And get all teary from the wind
Look as though you're standing at the station
Long after the train came in

And see how the space tautens
Like there's something on
And you're never more hot then
When you've got something on