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I've only just tuned back in on this thread. I forgot about it!

But, looking at the Space X feed, that there rocket looks mighty and mean in some of those camera angles. "Steampunk" I think is the phrase I'm looking for.  Abstract beauty, perhaps?

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I made a rocket like SN8 when I was about ten years old.  I can understand why SpaceX may be having a few problems today.  I had terrible trouble getting the tin foil to stick to the cardboard tube.

Not sure if anyone else interested in this sort of thing, but in about 30 mins there's a live launch here: http://www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx  

As seen here in this uninterrupted footage from somebody on the ground with an LX200 and some nice tracking software. It's an incredible feat.  The little detail (from the press conference) that

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It looked to me that the rocket didn't fire early enough to get the descent under control before it hit the pad, but otherwise that was so impressive.

James

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That was incredible. I know it didnt land, but think how many rockets blew up in the late 50's and early 60's just to finally get one in orbit.

Like him or not, Musk does have some great ideas!

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Just now, JamesF said:

It looked to me that the rocket didn't fire early enough to get the descent under control before it hit the pad, but otherwise that was so impressive.

James

 

The flip was incredible. I thought the landing burn fired too late as well, and the bloke on the feed I'm watching said the same.

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It went really well actually. There was a glitch in the very last seconds but it went up correctly, bellyflopped correctly, came back to its landing zone, and executed its landing sequence. It just couldn’t slow down enough.

I was worried on the way up, it looked like there was a fire or malfunctioning engine as the the rocket tail was irregular and smokey.

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