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SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket and a Dragon spacecraft on Friday, June 29, 2018, with supplies for the NASA NASA ISSALESpace International Space Station.
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As darkness set to retreat from the Space Coast on Friday morning, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket jumped from its Cape Canaveral pad and hit the first light The launch at 5:42 with supplies and cargo for the International Space Station was not the only time a SpaceX rocket hit a soft start growing, glowing specimen housed plume produced by the nine Merlin main engines of the Falcon 9. Spectators in southern California experienced a similar phenomenon in in December.

What conditions create the effect? Rocket hit with sunlight shortly after launch.

"These are my favorites," said Jessica Jensen, SpaceX Director of Dragon Mission Management ements during a post-launch conference at Kennedy Space Center. "These pre-sunrise or post-sunset launches give a spectacular show in the sky."

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And in contrast to the roar and rumble The shot, witness of the enlightened flag, is in stark contrast to what the audience felt a few seconds ago – it's usually quiet when the phenomenon starts.

"I like to call it the space jellyfish that follows us." Jensen said:

It was a fitting end to the Falcon 9 rocket that marked the last block 4 of the previous generation ever launched. In the future, the company plans to use its modernized, more efficient and more powerful Block 5 variants for all missions.

The Dragon probe filled with nearly 6,000 pounds of cargo, food, supply and science experiments is due to arrive at the ISS early Monday. The crew was supposed to secure them at 7 o'clock with the station's robotic arm

SpaceX's next mission, called Telstar 19 VANTAGE, is currently scheduled for some time after the beginning of July.

Contact Emre Kelly at aekelly@floridatoday.com or 321 -242-3715. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook on @EmreKelly.

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