Friday, April 29, 2016

SpaceX returns to the ISS, a perfect kickoff to Yuri's Night weekend #CRS8 #YurisNight #ISSRC

This post has been significantly delayed because of all the awesome April activities including +Yuri's Night+NASA Swarmathon and NASA's +International Space Apps Challenge. A little has been lost from the raw emotion of +SpaceX's triumphant return to the +International Space Station and historic landing on a barge out at sea for the first time, but as always, the photos retell the best stories.
As always, the blog starts with the launch pic. Right on time, no delays, a nice way to end the week and begin the Yuri's Night weekend!

A little personal history. +Jeffrey Alles and I have been working on Yuri's Night together since 2010 and this was the first time we met. He came to Florida for the launch and the Saturday night party. I made sure he saw Atlantis!
Every VIP needs to meet astronauts! Kate Rubins will be launching to the ISS soon!
Rafi is having a V-VIP rooftop access during the briefing. I popped out a little early for fresh air and to join him.
Jen shows Rafi where the rocket is launching. He enjoyed watching the people below.
Up up and away. Jeff I hope you are watching and not just taking a video!
The barge landing was so exciting that the astronauts were jumping up and down on the furniture for a better look at the monitors. I stayed outside hoping to get a glance of the engines relighting. No luck there, but the roar of the crowd when it touched down was as loud as the launch! It was like someone scoring in overtime of game 7 to win the Cup.
The Falcon has landed at sea. WOW!! Full house watching the feed.
On April 12th, Yuri's Night, I went for a midnight view after the Orlando event to see the Falcon 9 first stage back at Port Canaveral. It stayed there almost a week, I think mostly for the photo ops!
The official stats:
April 8 Falcon 9   •  SpaceX CRS 8
Launch time: 2043:31 GMT (4:43:31 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 10th Dragon spacecraft on the eighth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Aug. 13, Sept. 2, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 20 and March 29. Read our full story. [April 8]


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