SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted on July 28th a video of one of his rockets generating sonic booms as it re-entered Earth. The impressive video offered views from four different angles.
Viewers got to see the rocket coming from space through Earth's thick atmosphere and then landing accurately onto a tiny landing pad. The Falcon 9 rocket was returning to Earth after launching SpaceX’s robotic Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 25.
Falcon rocket reentry from space with double sonic booms pic.twitter.com/6DDPjcOgQH— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) July 28, 2019
The capsule delivered more than 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies to the ISS and will stay attached to the space station for approximately 30 days. The launch marked the third time that the Dragon capsule was used, while the Falcon 9 first stage marked its second landing.
Falcon 9 piercing the sound barrier on reentry pic.twitter.com/pMkBaeHVqT— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) July 28, 2019
Reuse is a big goal by Elon Musk who hopes it will make space travel more affordable. Let's hope all the rest of his missions go as smoothly as this one.