SpaceX launches a rocket and it’s still cool

Elon Musk’s SpaceX company launched a secret spy satellite this morning, so the usual bright and bouncy SpaceX online coverage was absent today with one exception: the still-fascinating return of the first-stage rocket.

As we’ve noted previously, someday this will be generally ignored, as the space program was once it became routine. Today is not that day, however.

  • MrE85

    “Still-fascinating” doesn’t begin to describe those stage-one landings. I wish my dad had lived to see that.

    • I always wonder what Jules Bergman, Cronkite, Frank McGee and Wally Schirra would think about this.

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        • Gary F

          But in today’s news they would have photo shopped the pipe. We don’t want kids to know he was a tobacco user.

          • MrE85

            How do you know that was tobacco in that pipe? 😉

          • Rob

            “And that’s (Cronkite pauses to take a toke and slowly exhale) the way it is.”

      • John O.

        Add Werner von Braun to that list.

        • Jerry

          He might feel at home in today’s America

          • MrE85

            I Aim at the Stars…but sometimes I hit London.

  • Gary F

    I saw the movie Hidden Figures Saturday night. Makes me appreciate what was done back them and what is happening today.

  • jon

    I really want to be down in FL for the first Falcon Heavy Launch…

    Two first stage cores returning on land simultaneously, while a 3rd makes an attempt on a barge down range all within a few minutes of each other, followed by a possible attempt at a upper stage recovery as well…

    That’s going to be a launch to watch. I hear they have 2 of the 3 boosters picked out (two outside boosters will be previously flown, center core will be new.) and just need to get launch pad 40 fixed up so they can move their normal operations over there and finish prepping 39a for the falcon heavy (launch pad 40 isn’t built for the bigger rocket). Q3-Q4 there will be a heck of a rocket ballet happening… if they pull it off it’ll be amazing, and if they don’t something is bound to experience a rapid unplanned disassembly…

  • Paul

    I know it’s real, but it still looks fake to me every time I see a rocket doing the opposite of what is normally conceived as true.