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(Did you miss the launch on Monday, February 6th?)


If you missed this historical launch, here it is again:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT1Yk0q1HBI

So what made this launch so special?  Well, it broke all kinds of records and while the "space age" reportedly started way back in the 60s, this can really be considered as the beginning of the "return from space age."

Two of the three booster rockets fell away from the main body and made a picture perfect return and landing back at the launch pad(s) from which they came.  They looked like syncronyzed swimmers in the Olympics.  The third booster rocket was used to push the payload into orbit and fell away and it too, made a picture perfect return and landed on a landing site located in the Atlantic Ocean.

And speaking of payload;  If you haven't heard, it was Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster.  Yes, a car.  And it's bound for Mars.  With orbits around the Sun.  As described on YouTube:

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Demonstration Mission launched from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A), Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 6 February 2018, at 20:45 UTC (15:45 ET). For its maiden flight, Falcon Heavy’s second stage will attempt to place the payload, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, into a precessing Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the Sun. For this first flight test, Falcon Heavy’s two side cores launched the Thaicom 8 satellite (May 2016) and the CRS-9 mission (July 2016). Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side cores landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Falcon Heavy’s center core attempted to land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Be sure to watch the launch in the URL above.




February 11, 2018

"Space Oddity" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie. It was first released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969. It was also the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie. It became one of Bowie's signature songs and one of four of his songs to be included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States' Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later and would become the first manned moon landing another five days after that. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme, which was and still is an unmanned project. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs "Ashes to Ashes", "Hallo Spaceboy" and possibly the music video for "Blackstar".

"Space Oddity" was David Bowie's first single to chart in the UK. It reached the top five on its initial release and received the 1970 Ivor Novello Special Award for Originality. His second album, originally released as David Bowie in the UK, was renamed after the track for its 1972 re-release by RCA Records and became known by this name. In 1975, upon re-release as part of a maxi-single, the song became Bowie's first UK No. 1 single.


 

 

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