Awesome of the Day

The International Space Station as seen from the thermal cameras of the SpaceX Dragon capsule, the first commercially launched and commercially orbiting vehicle in space history.

More awesome here: https://p.twimg.com/Atsa5eSCEAA-P14.jpg:large

Or here really: https://twitter.com/#!/SpaceX

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Dragon Up

[youtube http://youtu.be/4vkqBfv8OMM]

An elated Musk tweeted from the control room:

Dragon in orbit, comm locked and solar arrays active!!

This interview with Elon Musk from Science Friday summarizes what happens next and the significance of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. ¬†It does, however, refer to the aborted Saturday morning launch, which was rescheduled for the 3 a.m. hour today.

The Money Quote (and many other money quotes thereafter, around 6:50 in)

“I think, real rockets should land on their thrusters.”

As in, like in sci-fi flicks where the rocket has a controlled descent onto its thrusters instead of gliding to a landing. He elaborates on the future of Space exploration around 12 minutes in, a topic Musk always seems to do very well with.

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More cool stuff:

A series of photos from today’s launch and the aborted Saturday launch.

Here’s a list from NASA of places in the U.S. where you can see the Dragon capsule in orbit.

There’s also the post-launch press conference with NASA from Cape Caneveral, from around 5 a.m. this morning.

Science Sunday

Ugh. I know. More SpaceX and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Get the fuck over it.

Video (2:14:00)

Also, how SpaceX’s Dragon will mate with the ISS below:

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