Stitched together are images of the entire moon as taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The two sides of our space neighbor are quite different in appearance thanks to the Moon being tidally locked to Earth.
If you missed the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, here is a great, under two minutes, summary video showing all the highlights. A fun watch with great music.
SpaceX continues to get the job done in space like no other organization. On December 22, 2017 they had their final launch of the year. Using a re-used Falcon 9 first stage, they launched and successfully deployed 10 Iridium satellites. This marked their 18th launch of the year, setting a new company record.
The Falcon 9 launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and in the clear early evening skies was seen all across southern California and parts of Arizona. If you missed the live webcast of the launch, you can watch the replay:
SpaceX has successfully launched another resupply mission to the International Space Station. That is cool enough on its own. But this was also a launch that for the first time used both a reused Falcon 9 first stage and a reused Dragon capsule. These guys know how to do rocket science and make it pay.
Did you miss the CRS-13 launch and deployment? Watch it now!
SpaceX has successfully launched the Koreasat-5A satellite, a communications satellite that will provide service in Asia. They also successfully landed the Falcon 9 first stage so it can be refurbished and flown again.
Space flight is hard. But right now, SpaceX is combining hard work, inspiration, and engineering know-how and becoming the go-to organization for orbital launches. Coming soon they will be launching even more powerful rockets, sending people to the ISS, and missions to Mars are in planning stages.
I just never get tired of mentioning the growing success of SpaceX. On October 11 they had yet another successful satellite launch. This launch featured the re-use of a Falcon 9 first stage and the successful landing of that first stage booster so it can be used again. This mission marked the 18th time SpaceX successfully recovered a Falcon 9 booster.
Anyway, here is the video if you want to see the lift-off, the booster landing and the deployment of the satellite.
Those space wizards over at SpaceX have done it yet again. This morning they launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying ten Iridium-3 satellites into orbit. All ten satellites deployed successfully. Also, the Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed on the drone ship in the Pacific so that it can be used again in a future launch. Right now no country or company on Earth does space launches like SpaceX does space launches.
You can watch a replay of the whole thing, including the first stage landing and the satellite deployments here: