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Touch down! SpaceX has landed.
SpaceX returned a Falcon 9 first stage to the launch site.

Vertical landings or recovery of spacecraft isn't new (shuttle, Apollo LEM, DCX, Blue Origins, etc.), but this was nice to see on top of a successful deployment of 11 satellites. And there was live coverage of the satellite deployment. I haven't seen that before.

I got to see the first couple minutes of the ascent with Mark One Eyeballs at a distance of 100km, but there were too many clouds to watch it for long. I switched to local news and the webcast for the rest. (Local news coverage seemed to stay a few minutes ahead of the webcasts, so it was amusing to watch Facebook light up a few minutes after the fact.)

Speaking of time delays, an accidental dramatic touch I liked was that Brighthouse 13 cameras were at a distance where the sonic boom hit almost simultaneously with the touchdown. It visibly rattled the cameras.

And night launches are just awesome all around.
Mike Miller, Materials Engineer

"Everbody's always in favor of saving Hitler's brain, but when you put it in the body of a great white shark, oh, suddenly you've gone too far." -- Professor Farnsworth, Futurama

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Touch down! SpaceX has landed. - by Cray - 12-23-2015, 02:29 AM
RE: Touch down! SpaceX has landed. - by Rynn - 12-23-2015, 03:05 AM

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