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- Otto Posterman
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Falcon 9: Launch and Landing
Explanation: Shortly after midnight
on July 18 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, planet Earth. About 9 minutes later, the rocket's first stage returned to the spaceport. This single time exposure captures the rocket's launch arc
and landing streak from Jetty Park only a few miles away. Along a climbing, curving trajectory the launch is traced by the initial burn of the first stage, ending near the top of the bright arc before stage separation. Due to perspective the next bright burn appears above
the top of the launch arc in the photo, the returning first stage descending closer to the Cape. The final landing burn creates a long streak as the first stage slows and comes to rest at Landing Zone 1. Yesterday the Dragon cargo spacecraft delivered to orbit by the rocket's second stage was attached
to the International Space Station
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APOD Robot wrote:
... Due to perspective the next bright burn appears above the top of the launch arc in the photo, the returning first stage descending closer to the Cape.
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Wow! The dawn of the next stage in space exploration!
Well done, Spacex! Well done, APOD!
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alter-ego: Thanks for the Launch Profile info.
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I love the term "land landing."
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rwlott wrote:I love the term "land landing."
Lithobraking without lithobreaking.
I can't see a future in this type of landing .. too hard on the rear end.
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And great Pic...