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First-stage landing | Onboard camera

SpaceX landed another Falcon 9 rocket last night and have already posted this 30 second video of the decent!

Hopefully we’ll see a normal speed video at some time too. Slowing this one down looks awfully glitchy.

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Science

How to fly to the space station

Have you ever been curious about how people fly to the ISS? If you’ve played Kerbal Space Program you probably have a pretty good idea but for everyone else this video dots a great job of explaining orbital mechanics!

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Science

The Orion Launch

The Orion test vehicle launched this morning without a hitch on top of a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Orion

If you’re wondering what the test is about, or what all the fuss is about, watch this video by Scott Manley as he recreates the test in Kerbal Space Program and explains some of the aims of the test and of the Orion program.

Video footage of the real mission was already uploaded to Youtube and here’s one version I found.

Interesting bits happen at:

  • 5:10 – Separation of the port and starboard boosters.
  • 6:57 – Stage separation.
  • 7:10 – Service module fairing jettison (and launch abort system jettison, but that’s off-camera)

    Watch Scott’s video first as you’ll recognise the same events happening “in real life” on the NASA video.

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Photos

blow my mind

It makes me happy that images like this can blow my mind and give me pause for thought.