SpaceX Crew 2 Dragon Capsule Launch

CarlS

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It was cool this morning, about 63 F/17.2 C when three of us left at 04:00 for a 48 mile/77 kilometer ride to Titusville. Today, Elon Musk's SpaceX was launching 4 astronauts to the ISS. SpaceX invented the reuse of rockets and capsules and this was the 3rd launch of this particular Falcon 9 booster and the second launch of this Dragon crew capsule. The mission commander, Shane, is a West Point classmate of my daughter, Sheryl.

Night launches are always a sight to see. This launch went off right on schedule about an hour and a half before sunrise. It is one of the three most specular launches I have seen in person.

Ignition and liftoff
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Next pics are of the booster heading down toward the barge.

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The exhaust plume with the early sun hitting it. I had never seen that before.

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We followed the launch with a delicious breakfast at the Village Inn before our ride home.
 

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Very cool stuff. That must have been great in person.
Thanks for posting this.
 

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The sight and sound must be fantastic!
Great shots TUP
 
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