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Falcon 9 Launch (CRS-15) - The "Space Jellyfish"

 
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Jun 30, 2018 11:44 |  #1

SpaceX put on quite a show yesterday morning when it launched the final Block 4 variant of the Falcon 9. Poised atop the Falcon 9 was a previously flown Dragon spacecraft loaded with supplies and experiments bound for the International Space Station. With liftoff at 5:42 Eastern, the rocket began its journey in darkness before it rose up into the pre-dawn sky and found sunlight at altitude. The result of this setup is a spectacular noctilucent (external link) display, with the exhaust vapors of the first and second stages brilliantly lit against the twilight sky. At its extreme altitude, the second stage cloud in particular expands dramatically to fill a large portion of the sky. Folks in the rocket business call this phenomenon a "jellyfish."

Shot for SpaceFlight Insider as always.

We'll start at the ground first--my remotes have been rebuilt and are back in action--where a nearly-full moon and a blanket of fog set the scene:

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Things start getting interesting at altitude as the rocket enters sunlight, experiencing its own dawn long before anyone on the ground:

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Jun 30, 2018 12:03 |  #2

Great set. Quite a show indeed.


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Jun 30, 2018 12:36 |  #3

Fantastic show and a great job of getting these shots.
Thanks for sharing.


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Jun 30, 2018 20:20 |  #4

Those are some pretty amazing images. Love them!


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Jul 01, 2018 13:31 |  #5

Thanks all. This is once in a blue moon.

Looks like the last one ran on spaceweather.com yesterday.


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Jul 03, 2018 03:08 |  #6

Great shots as usual Mike
You wouldn't happen to have any up close shots of Falcon 1?


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Jul 04, 2018 10:18 |  #7

Incredible shots. I find it so crazy how people now either have no clue these are launching and have no clue how incredible these rockets are. Launch, reach space, and vertically landing the boosters in 6 or 7 minutes.....and no one seems to care. I mean...really? But, they can tell you 99.9% about the reality show they watched last night.



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