Attempt to save money in rocket launch provides thrills

(Update 3:31 p.m. – Today’s launch was aborted.)

Thousands of people will probably be glued to opening day of the Minnesota Twins but for us science nerds, this is where we’ll be turned around 3:30 this afternoon: a live feed of SpaceX’s attempt to land a used rocket on a barge in the ocean.

The last time this was tried, it didn’t go that well.

So close.

Back in the day, NASA would just litter the ocean with old rockets. But back in the day, the government had plenty of money to throw away. Now, space is being privatized and money matters.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that’s like throwing away a new 747 after one flight to London.

Today’s launch will send a supply ship to the International Space Station.

Live coverage begins at 2:30 CT.

  • Jeff

    Talk about thrills! Attempt to land baseball in glove yesterday fails…

  • Jeff

    It’s 3:30 pm Eastern, so 2:30 pm here. So still time to finally see Kevin Garnett in action.

    • jon

      I believe Bob already did the math to make it central time.

      Launch is at 4:33pm EDT or 3:30 CDT 2:30 MT and 1:30 PT. and it could happen at any time in Arizona, where the laws of time break down.

      • Jeff

        My mistake, I only read the headline, broadcast starts at 3:30 EDT, launch at 4:30 EDT.

        • Jeff

          Grrr… weather abort

          • crystals

            It’s amazing how heart-racing a video feed from a thousand miles away can be. $*@# anvil clouds.

  • BJ

    Nothing makes you think you didn’t do a lot with your life than to realize Elon Musk is 2 years older than you and has started 4 businesses that all are worth over a billion dollars. Admitted that after you have your first billion the next 10 are easier. But all of his have been in emerging technologies. Very easy for any one of them to have bankrupted him. And maybe one of them will.

  • Jeff

    Another launch attempt is at 3:10pm CDT today (4/14)