The SpaceX rocket launch on Friday 29th June was much of a spectacular sight. The Falcon 9 rocket, with a Dragon cargo spacecraft, was lifted off into the amazing predawn sky from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at around 5:42 a.m. EDT (0942 GMT). This launch was undertaken with the objective to ferry near about twenty-seven hundred kilograms (5,900 lbs.) of supplies including food, water, and experiments, to the International Space Station (ISS).
The Program Manager of the International Space Station, Kirk Shireman, said in a statement after the launch, “We had a beautiful morning.” Further, Shireman added, “I was going to say ‘breathtaking,’ but maybe ‘awakening’ might be a better word.”
While the Falcon 9 rocket ferried the Dragon spacecraft into the low Earth orbit, the flames of the rocket built up a huge dazzling aura in the early morning twilight. Jessica Jensen, the Director of SpaceX’s Dragon mission management, said, “These pre-sunrise or post-sunset launches give for a spectacular show in the sky.”
Further, Jensen explained, “Basically, what’s happening is, it’s still dark outside, but you have the sun illuminating the plume as it’s in space.” Describing the event, Jensen said, “I like to refer to it as the space jellyfish that’s coming down after us.”
Nicole Stott, a retired astronaut of NASA captured in his camera many pictures of the “space jellyfish” while witnessing the Falcon 9 launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Scott posted the images on twitter later on and wrote, “Just wow!”
Photographer Michael Seeley, captured the event from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) situated at the Kennedy Space Center of NASA. The VAB is located at a distance of near about ten miles (sixteen kilometers) from the Cape Canaveral’s launch site. Seeley, later on, posted the image on Twitter and wrote, “Stunning sunrise launch of the SpaceX CRS15 Falcon9 as seen from the roof of the VAB.”
Though the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launch view captured from the land was quite stunning, some airline passengers were more fortunate to take a mesmerizing view up from the stratosphere and capture some cool pictures of the event.