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Is it only locals who are giddy about this? It's been the talk of my local friends on facebook. Dh won't be working the launch but has to go in at 4 today, so he's planning to deal with major traffic for the 100K spectators expected in the area. I have my tripod ready to bring to the front yard and try to get a few shots (we can't see liftoff from here but we do see it once it clears some trees).

 

Some recent links I've posted or shared from friends -

 

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/05/spacex-starman-spacesuit-falcon-heavy-roadster/

 

https://spacecoastlaunches.com/blog/falcon-heavy-vs-saturn-v/ - I wondered how the two compare. Saturn V launches (Apollo moon launches) didn't just rattle our windows like the Space Shuttle did - they shook the whole house. It seems the Saturn rocket was still bigger.

 

I'm not sure if this will show for those not on facebook. The gist is that years ago Musk was ridiculed as a millionaire geek, photo of the Falcon Heavy saying "here's his little science project".

 

https://scontent.ftpa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/27459592_1457036421089896_546758148507658251_n.jpg?oh=de9a10275eee3525bb6ede168fe13170&oe=5ADA0B1B

 

 

- this will be playing in the Tesla when it launches

 

 

 

Yeah, we're all pretty excited here. Where I live you can't throw a stone without hitting someone who either works in the space industry, is related to someone who does, or is neighbor to someone who does.

 

 

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My dh is! He watches all launches on the computer  :lol: . We have driven up to Wallops Island to watch theirs because it's close. But dh loves all things space and rockets.

 

 

ETA: My dh interned at NASA way back in the day. He would love to be in the industry today. It is pretty amazing how private industry has advanced the technology. Although, I always joke with dh that I have yet to actually see one re-land as the camera/service blinks out at that moment, and then the camera comes back on and the rocket is magically sitting on the freighter.  :tongue_smilie:

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I am! I hope the weather cooperates. 

 

 

 There's nothing quite like launch suspense!

 

Right now the weather is providing a lot of suspense. Upper level winds have the launch pushed back to 3:30 and that's getting close to the end of today's window.

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I am! I hope the weather cooperates. I watch most of SpaceX's launches on my computer and others from time to time. I also get emails telling me when the ISS should be visible overhead.

 

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LOL for ISS dh and I stand out in the yard and watch, and every time I feel like we're recreating that scene from October Sky when Sputnik flies over!

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Never heard of it!

 

ETA - oh it’s Musk, that’s why.

 

What does that even mean? I guess it means you don't follow space exploration news, because Musk is at the forefront. His Falcon rockets have been bringing supplies to the ISS and providing GPS and cell phone coverage around the world for years now, and not just for U.S. customers. They also launch classified military satellites. And the Falcon Heavy is the first step towards Mars exploration. So if you ignore all that because of Musk for whatever reason, you ignore space exploration news. You probably could have just said you're not interested in space related news because it almost all includes his rockets these days. 

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I am! I hope the weather cooperates. I watch most of SpaceX's launches on my computer and others from time to time. I also get emails telling me when the ISS should be visible overhead.

 

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My husband hope it doesn't cooperate! He wants it to be delayed till tomorrow so he can drive to the coast and see it, he's stuck in meetings today. 

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What does that even mean? I guess it means you don't follow space exploration news, because Musk is at the forefront. His Falcon rockets have been bringing supplies to the ISS and providing GPS and cell phone coverage around the world for years now, and not just for U.S. customers. They also launch classified military satellites. And the Falcon Heavy is the first step towards Mars exploration. So if you ignore all that because of Musk for whatever reason, you ignore space exploration news. You probably could have just said you're not interested in space related news because it almost all includes his rockets these days. 

 

 

Maybe she's only a Bezos/Blue Origin fan?  :tongue_smilie:

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DS is! I need him to get his homework done but he's just too giddy to concentrate. He's watching the live stream of um, nothing...yet. :)

 

Elon Musk is pretty much his hero, it goes without saying. Cars, science and space...his all time favorite things. â¤ï¸

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DS is! I need him to get his homework done but he's just too giddy to concentrate. He's watching the live stream of um, nothing...yet. :)

 

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We have it open too, waiting for something to start. :)

 

Dh left early for work in case there's viewing traffic. Those people are crazy. They park in the middle of major roads and just get out of the car!

 

ETA: The live stream has begun!

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We have it open too, waiting for something to start. :)

 

Dh left early for work in case there's viewing traffic. Those people are crazy. They park in the middle of major roads and just get out of the car!

 

ETA: The live stream has begun!

Oh my gosh...he looks like other teens do at a Katy Perry concert--a total perma grin and absolute awe. â¤ï¸

 

Envy for all you Floridians who get to witness this!

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Ok, so I usually follow these things.  We are pretty interested in space things in general.  But this one, I didn't know it was going on.  I clicked on the link of the live stream about a minute or two after the launch, and since I hadn't realized what it was I wasn't quite sure what was going on.

 

So, someone explain if I misunderstand what I just saw.....

 

 

They launched a Falcon Heavy.  Then the booster rockets detached and then landed, vertically back on earth (and it appeared they were completely simultaneously landing?  Did I see that right?)  Then, the center rocket detached from the payload and landed, also vertically, on a drone ship in the ocean.  Is that what I watched?

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My kids are laughing at me a little because I started crying. But from the beginnings of space exploration to this, all in my lifetime. (Not that I remember the very earliest flights.)

 

Actually I think my son was trying not to cry, but you didn't hear that from me.

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So, someone explain if I misunderstand what I just saw.....

 

 

They launched a Falcon Heavy.  Then the booster rockets detached and then landed, vertically back on earth (and it appeared they were completely simultaneously landing?  Did I see that right?)  Then, the center rocket detached from the payload and landed, also vertically, on a drone ship in the ocean.  Is that what I watched?

 

Yes that's right. The Falcon Heavy is literally like 3 Falcon 9s. The Falcon 9 has 9 engines, this one has 27. And instead of 1 booster the Heavy has 3 boosters. Two landed simultaneously on pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (that's where dh works, he's not at Kennedy Space Center). One landed on a barge in the ocean off the coast. 

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Yes that's right. The Falcon Heavy is literally like 3 Falcon 9s. The Falcon 9 has 9 engines, this one has 27. And instead of 1 booster the Heavy has 3 boosters. Two landed simultaneously on pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (that's where dh works, he's not at Kennedy Space Center). One landed on a barge in the ocean off the coast. 

 

Ok, so I wasn't crazy.  That's what I thought I saw....but my mind kept visualizing the scene from Star Trek First Contact where Zephram Cochrane launches that first warp ship.  I mean it didn't look exactly the same of course, but especially that simultaneous vertical landing.....Yeah I admit, that kinda seemed like sci fi in real life..........in a way that Ipads and flip communicators haven't. 

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It really feels neat to hear people so excited about scientific advancement.

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I don’t follow any of the SpaceX stuff and have some major issues with Musk on business practices, subsidies, and general moral lens. I pretty much filter out anything with his name or company on it. He makes my skin crawl.

 

I like space and research, and don’t mind privatizing it. I was wondering which company was doing the launch because I hadn’t heard anything about it - it’s SpaceX; that’s why. I do think Mars missions are more than a little foolish with our current speed of travel but I am secretly hoping they manage it anyway :)

 

I wasn’t trying to poo on your thread, I was genuinely interested about the launch up to that point and am glad to hear it was awesome and went safely.

 

I am not sure exactly what sort of business practice/morality issues you might be referring to, I have to say....

 

No one is perfect.  From Ben Franklin to Werner Von Braun and beyond, they all have some pretty significant flaws. 

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Yes! The kids and I watched the live stream on youtube. I love all stuff space, but since having kids I haven't been following the news that closely.

 

DH sent me a text earlier today about it. I figured, sure we'll watch it, it'll be cool. But, OH MY GOODNESS I GOT SO EXCITED! Truly remarkable. So glad I could witness it.

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Yes, they do. That doesn’t really have to do with Musk though. You can cheer for him if you want :)

 

Well, take my posts at face value.  I actually don't know what all you are opposed to regarding Elon Musk because I haven't paid much attention to him beyond his space and tesla stuff.  I just don't know much about his business practices. 

 

It's just that in general.......and as I type this, maybe it needs to be a separate thread....

 

How much of a person's personal and business ethics should ACTUALLY tarnish their achievements?  I mentioned Ben Franklin and Werner Von Braun because they were easy names in regard to scientific advancement.  But.....Ben Franklin is probably a poster boy for #Me Too, and Von Braun....documented Nazi.  To what extent do flaws, extensive flaws, make a person's achievements worthless?  How do these things balance?

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I got to see part o it, but my kids missed it! I was running in from the front of the house and saw it from there. The kids were in the backyard and the trees blocked it :(

 

I feel like a bad mom now. 

 

But man..did that take me back! So many memories of watching the shuttle as a kid, was like I was in elementary school again!

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Yes! The kids and I watched the live stream on youtube. I love all stuff space, but since having kids I haven't been following the news that closely.

 

DH sent me a text earlier today about it. I figured, sure we'll watch it, it'll be cool. But, OH MY GOODNESS I GOT SO EXCITED! Truly remarkable. So glad I could witness it.

Me too! We were cheering and clapping. So inspiring!

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We ran outside here in Tampa but couldn't see anything in the sky from our house.   Next time they launch one of these, maybe we'll go to DH's (40-story tall) building downtown to see if we can see it.

 

If you've never seen a launch live, in person, there is nothing like it.   I'm very excited to be seeing "big" things launch from FL once again.

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My husband hope it doesn't cooperate! He wants it to be delayed till tomorrow so he can drive to the coast and see it, he's stuck in meetings today. 

 

Totally us. We couldn't go today b/c of obligations but we were set to head down tomorrow. We watched the Falcon 9 last week from one of the closer viewing areas, but I just couldn't ante up the $$ for today's launch. We had our binoculars and telescope out but we had too much local tree cover and I think it veers toward the horizon at some point so we never saw it. Watched it online though and the booster re-landing was almost better than the launch! 

 

We're hoping to get down for several more rockets this year. I was really surprised they got this one up on the first day with no re-scheduling. I know this pumps Cape Canaveral UP after seeing the shuttle program nixed. 

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Watching that made me want to go work for spacex.

I just put the youtube on for DH and he said the exact same thing.  He's a mechanical engineer, he has experience working on classified projects and so on....he could.  I told him I would go wherever he needed me to move in a heartbeat.  I am not sure he believes me.  If they called him TOMORROW, I would pack up every single thing in the house and go.  He did not pull up the website, so I suspect he's not really planning on filling out an app.

 

Watching this launch multiple times....dang, what times we live in.

 

In 1966 when star trek was born, man had not yet landed on the moon.  Most TVs were black and white.  When Next Generation started cell phones didn't even exist.  When Enterprise started, the pads they used were thicker and bigger than today's ipads, iphones, etc. 

 

Sci Fi fans often wish that they could live in the worlds their favorite sci fi media portrays.  In today's world.....Star Trek communicators are not just a thing....they are very nearly a thing OF THE PAST.  We have 3D printers that are on their way to becoming the food replicators of Next Gen.  Some of the tech on Sci Fi shows of just a few years ago....is already obsolete!

 

 

 

Sometimes I feel like we are living in a time of every sci fi fan's dream.  It's actually possible that my children or grandchildren might actually for really live on ANOTHER PLANET. 

 

Just........

 

holy crap. 

 

 

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It looks like the central booster was lost, but the Tesla is on its way to Mars. Check out the livestream. It's so beautiful.

 

 

 

It missed the drone ship by a little over 300 feet if I converted correctly from meters. We heard the sonic booms from the two that landed on the pads. We never did hear the third one but we might be too far away.

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I always have trouble getting a facebook link to give to people not on facebook or not friends, so I made this photo public. The link should work. I took this from the street in front of my house.

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10159779920440447&set=a.247177450446.292913.716370446&type=3&theater

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My husband actually was recruited by SpaceX a year ago...but for a position in California. He declined because we can't afford California real estate, lol. And also because the job they were asking for would have meant moving IMMEDIATELY and he just couldn't do it. But he'd love to find a job with them hear in Florida. 

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