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Sun Feb 19, 2017, 12:36 PM

 

SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in Florida

Source: Reuters

By Irene Klotz | CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA.
A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station.

The 229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 soared off a seaside launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 a.m. ET carrying a Dragon cargo ship bound for the station.

Nine minutes after blastoff, the main section of the rocket flew back to a landing pad at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the eighth successful touchdown for Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

"Baby came back," Musk wrote on Twitter, celebrating the re-landing, which came a day after SpaceX decided to delay the mission 13 seconds before launch due to concerns about the steering system in the rocket's upper stage, the company said.

Sunday's launch was the first for SpaceX from Launch Complex 39A, originally built for the 1960s-era Apollo moon program and later repurposed for the space shuttles.

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Yeah man!!!!!!!!!!

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Cooley Hurd Feb 2017 OP
WhiteTara Feb 2017 #1
question everything Feb 2017 #2
Hortensis Feb 2017 #3
N77VG Feb 2017 #4
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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 12:53 PM

1. I'm glad it was successful.

Just yesterday there were concerns that these delays will mess with the space station schedules for astronauts.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 02:03 PM

2. Wonderful. Science will prevail

even against all the anti science in Washington.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 02:20 PM

3. Yeah man!!! :)

We're supposedly able to see takeoffs, or at least the ascending vapor trails, at the space center across the Florida peninsula from us, but haven't caught one yet. This morning the clouds hadn't burned off yet. But it was a success without us, so great.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 02:34 PM

4. The booster llanding

 

is just as cool and exciting as the launch! I keep wondering why NASA never figured out how to do that.

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Response to N77VG (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 08:35 PM

5. That's sorta like asking 'why didn't apple just start with an iPhone 7?'


Welcome to DU

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Response to N77VG (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 06:10 PM

8. Right out of a 1950's sci-fi rocket landing!

cool as hell

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Mon Feb 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

6. Fly baby fly!



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