SpaceX celebrated Earth Day by revealing a stunning photograph of the Earth captured during the company’s historic launch last month.
The company — which can be headed by Tesla’s Elon Musk — made a massive leap toward generating spaceflight more affordable when the item sent the same first-stage rocket booster to space on a second mission.
the item was the very first time an orbital class rocket has ever made two trips to space.
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The goal was to deliver a communications satellite, called SES 10, into orbit. Not only did the used rocket deliver on which promise, the rocket was also again guided to a safe landing back on Earth. along with, for the very first time, at least part of the spacecraft’s fairing — the portion which houses the satellite during the trip — was safely recovered. which part of the rocket costs about $6 million, according to SpaceX.
which fairing also managed to snap some photographs as the item was hurled through space, before the item made a splash landing within the ocean, where the item was recovered by SpaceX. Those photos show a dazzling view of the Earth along with sun.
The SES10 mission proved the same first-stage rocket booster — which Musk says accounts for about 70% of the cost of building a rocket — can survive the strain of spaceflight along with be used again.
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The rocket won’t fly a third time. Musk said he plans to donate the item to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where the historic mission launched.
nevertheless the company has recovered seven different first-stage rockets, along with the item plans to complete as many as six more launches with used rockets This particular year.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published April 22, 2017: 2:22 PM ET