Range Tracking

CRS-5 launches to the ISS

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The stiff wind carried quite a chill while waiting on the beach for the 4:47 a.m. launch of the fifth SpaceX Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the International Space Station on 10 January 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The winter weather brought with it a stubborn cloud deck that would not dissipate like I hoped all night it would as is clearly evident in the time exposure from the beach of the launch. Though the Dragon spacecraft is now happily on its way to the ISS, the much-publicized attempt to soft land the Falcon 9’s first stage onto a landing platform atop a ship at sea ended in a crash landing that destroyed the stage and damaged the ship. More at my rocket launch site at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Rocket_Launches/CRS5.html

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