APOD: A Falcon 9 Nebula (2021 Sep 04)

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APOD: A Falcon 9 Nebula (2021 Sep 04)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Sep 04, 2021 4:07 am

Image A Falcon 9 Nebula

Explanation: Not the Hubble Space Telescope's latest view of a distant galactic nebula, this illuminated cloud of gas and dust dazzled early morning spacecoast skygazers on August 29. The snapshot was taken at 3:17am from Space View Park in Titusville, Florida. That's about 3 minutes after the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the CRS-23 mission to resupply the International Space Station. It captures drifting plumes and exhaust from the separated first and second stage of the rocket rising through still dark skies. The lower bright dot is the second stage continuing on to low Earth orbit. The upper one is the rocket's first stage performing a boostback burn. Of course the first stage booster returned to make the first landing on the latest autonomous drone ship to arrive in the Atlantic, A Short Fall of Gravitas.

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Re: APOD: A Falcon 9 Nebula (2021 Sep 04)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:39 pm

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Awesome views of SpaceX9's Nebula; :and docking with the ISS!
Maybe not a space nebula; but sure 'nuff looks like the real thing :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: A Falcon 9 Nebula (2021 Sep 04)

Post by Fred the Cat » Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:25 pm

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And this isn't a spectacularly lit up palm tree. I'm not sure I get the point of a nebulous image that could be about anything. :? (No disrespect to Dennis)
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Re: APOD: A Falcon 9 Nebula (2021 Sep 04)

Post by neufer » Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:48 pm

  • The Second Coming
    By William Butler Yeats

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
Art Neuendorffer