No in-flight pictures? Oh well, it is still an amazing achievement, well done Virgin Galactic!
We have both an arrival and departure today!
First the docking of the S.S. Gene Cernan cargo-spacecraft at the International Space Station (coverage) at 08:15 UT / 03:15 ET and an hour later the launch of an American weather satellite the JPSS-1.
Missed the coverage? NOTE: The JPSS launch has been scrubbed. Rescheduled for tomorrow morning, I will update the time.
Docking replay and I will replace this with a more concise version shortly:
If you were on a rocket and things went wrong how would you escape?
The scenario happens every time astronauts are launched into space, but what if that astronaut was YOU?
It could be. Blue Origin‘s New Shepard capsule was tested to evaluate the escape mechanism and it appears to have worked perfectly and that puts the company one rather large step closer to launching people like you and me into space, at least sub-orbital space. Plus the rocket comes back too!
Watch this from Blue Origins:
Three good flights for Blue Origins as the New Shepard spacecraft soared to 103 km / 339,178 ft and LANDED!
Congrats to Blue Origins. I think I heard the goal was to have flights to space for travelers in just two-years, we will see.
We are about to find out. NO! Well THAT was pretty exciting anyway. T minus 0.00 showing on the clock, engines seemed to be fired up and then . . . shut down.
There is a possibility the launch could still go tonight IF they can figure out what happened soon enough, the launch window will close around 0100 UTC. — Just updated NO launch tonight.
A tweet by Elon Musk: @SpaceX Launch aborted on low thrust alarm. Rising oxygen temps due to hold for boat and helium bubble triggered alarm
Found the YouTube feed:
In case you missed the Jason-3 launch via SpaceX in California.
Landing the first stage failed (apparently) because one of the legs on the rocket did not lock in. I still find the idea pretty cool and they have proven they can do it.
The launch is about 21 minutes into the video.
Congratulations SpaceX !!!
I think a local college had a small sat deployed too, need to check that further.
Live feed of the cargo ship Cygnus installation on the ISS from NASA on Ustream: