Sunday, June 28, 2015

SpaceX CRS-7 launch and explosion from the Banana River #CRS7 #NASASocial

The quiet serenity of sailing towards a launchpad with the wind at your back mixed with a rocket launching to space is a surreal and rare experience. The rocket was silenced after a few minutes of ascent, and we didn't even know that it exploded until ~4 minutes later. It looked like we just lost track of it in the bight morning sky and clouds. +SpaceX will recover from this accident and be back on track to the ISS.

Our view of the SpaceX​ #CRS7 launch, as we sailed North on the Banana River in the no motor zone. I'm confident that the Falcon will sail to the stars again. Jen and I had been trying to take our boat sailing for a launch since we got her last year, but it wasn't until this launch was delayed from it's original weekday slot to the weekend that made it possible. I was selected as a #NASASocial +NASA #NASASocial attendee, but decided that this opportunity to sail to a launch could not be missed. The silver lining is that this is exactly the launch photo I wanted to get framed by the sails and sheets.
Rhiannon Roberts holds out a thermal blanket from the +NASA Orion Program. This item did not fly on the EFT-1 test flight, but the #NASASocial group did see components of the tiles that did fly to space and back.
Hanging out with WWE/WWF's Diva Debra in front of the VAB [@WWEDivaDebra]
+Chris Haber pulled out the big lens right when the sound wave hit us.
Although Teddy looks adorable as always, he was not liking our close view because of the noise and vibrations. 
The last image of rocket in one piece.
We thought this was MECO, but it was an explosion. I didn't take photos after because I couldn't see anything anymore and I was looking for the first stage to re-light heading to the barge (we did see that on a previous SpaceX launch).

June 28 Falcon 9   •  SpaceX CRS 7
Launch time: 1421:11 GMT (10:21:11 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket failed to launch the ninth Dragon spacecraft on the seventh operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight was conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from June 13. Moved forward from June 22. Delayed from June 19 and June 26. Read our full story. [June 28]


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