A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station just before dawn on June 29, 2018. The rocket is a Dragon spaceship Supply to the International Space Station.
Photo credits: Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel / Getty
Skywatchers getting up early to see a Florida SpaceX missile (June 29) The Falcon 9 rocket rang in the morning sky, and the photos, they capture are breathtaking.
The Falcon 9 rocket, crowned with a used Dragon Cargo spaceship, departed the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:42 pm EDT (0942 GMT) and commanded 5,900 pounds. (2,700 kilograms) of supplies and scientific equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).
"We had a nice morning," said Kirk Shireman, program manager for the ISS, during a post-launch press conference. "I wanted to say 'breathtaking', but maybe awakening is a better word." [In Photos: SpaceX̵
When the Falcon 9 dragged the kite into a low earth orbit, the flames of the rocket produced a tremendous glowing halo at dawn. "These dawn or sunset launches make for a spectacular show in the sky," said Jessica Jensen, director of Dragon Mission Management for SpaceX, at the press conference.
"What happens is that it's still dark outside, but you have the sun that illuminates the cloud while it's in space," Jensen said. "I like to call it the space jellyfish that comes after us."
Former NASA astronaut Nicole Stott caught this "space jellyfish" in front of the camera from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "Just wow!" Stott tweeted .
– Jessica Hellein (@ jlh_424) June 29, 2018
Behind this space jellyfish, the rocket's zig-zag cloud of exhaustion looked like the scaly body of a dragon Users Jessica Hellein . "Even the exhaust looks like a dragon," she tweeted.
– Michael Seeley (@Mike_Seeley) June 29, 2018  Michael Seeley, a photographer and co-founder of WeReportSpace.com, has a long-term recording of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, which is located approximately 16 kilometers from the launch site at Cape Canaveral. "SpaceX CRS15 Falcon9 Breathtaking sunrise launch from the roof of the VAB" Seeley Tweeted .
– John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) June 29, 2018
While the view from the ground was pretty cool, some lucky flight passengers might have the most incredible view from the top in the stratosphere. During a flight from Puerto Rico to Orlando, Florida, Twitter user @unnegroahi captured more than 20 photos of the Falcon 9 rocket as it entered orbit.
At Orlando International Airport, where his plane landed just as he took the pictures, other take-off viewers photographed photos of the runway.
– Orlando International Airport (@MCO) June 29, 2018
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