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    Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Tonight, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 into a polar orbit to deploy 9 Iridium (next gen) sats into polar orbit. I knew there was a good chance of seeing it from PHX because it was after sunset here, but still light in California where it launched. I posted on FB about it, then forgot all about it.

    Till I drove home, full clear exhaust trail all the way up, then due south, separation of first stage and it tumbled, and firing of the 2nd stage.

    So beautiful, so awesome.

    Not so beautiful were all the scientifically illiterate idiots and conspiracy theorists posting about all kinds of crap, it is amazing just how many stupid people are out there...
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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Tonight, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 into a polar orbit to deploy 9 Iridium (next gen) sats into polar orbit. I knew there was a good chance of seeing it from PHX because it was after sunset here, but still light in California where it launched. I posted on FB about it, then forgot all about it.

    Till I drove home, full clear exhaust trail all the way up, then due south, separation of first stage and it tumbled, and firing of the 2nd stage.

    So beautiful, so awesome.

    Not so beautiful were all the scientifically illiterate idiots and conspiracy theorists posting about all kinds of crap, it is amazing just how many stupid people are out there...
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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Tonight, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 into a polar orbit to deploy 9 Iridium (next gen) sats into polar orbit. I knew there was a good chance of seeing it from PHX because it was after sunset here, but still light in California where it launched. I posted on FB about it, then forgot all about it.

    Till I drove home, full clear exhaust trail all the way up, then due south, separation of first stage and it tumbled, and firing of the 2nd stage.

    So beautiful, so awesome.

    Not so beautiful were all the scientifically illiterate idiots and conspiracy theorists posting about all kinds of crap, it is amazing just how many stupid people are out there...
    That must have been what everyone was looking at in the Albertson's parking lot. I looked at it and guessed "alien invasion" but, frankly, I was more interested in getting my groceries and getting home.

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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    That must have been what everyone was looking at in the Albertson's parking lot. I looked at it and guessed "alien invasion" but, frankly, I was more interested in getting my groceries and getting home.
    I posted about it 13 hours ago, saying it would be a possibility to view tonight.

    Most people are just scientifically stupid "why wasn't this announced?" it was, months ago, "it can't be a rocket, because it was going sideways" Well, all rockets go sideways, its how they get into orbit...etc....
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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    I posted about it 13 hours ago, saying it would be a possibility to view tonight.

    Most people are just scientifically stupid "why wasn't this announced?" it was, months ago, "it can't be a rocket, because it was going sideways" Well, all rockets go sideways, its how they get into orbit...etc....
    It was pretty cool. Looked like a giant spotlight moving across the sky.

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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Tonight, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 into a polar orbit to deploy 9 Iridium (next gen) sats into polar orbit. I knew there was a good chance of seeing it from PHX because it was after sunset here, but still light in California where it launched. I posted on FB about it, then forgot all about it.

    Till I drove home, full clear exhaust trail all the way up, then due south, separation of first stage and it tumbled, and firing of the 2nd stage.

    So beautiful, so awesome.

    Not so beautiful were all the scientifically illiterate idiots and conspiracy theorists posting about all kinds of crap, it is amazing just how many stupid people are out there...
    That was from Ironwood Rd in mesa. One of my wife's friends sent it to her.

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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by Truckstop View Post
    That was from Ironwood Rd in mesa. One of my wife's friends sent it to her.

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    Yup, in that pic, from right to left, you can see the ascent, the cloud from the separation of the first stage (not recovered, too much of a weight penalty), the first stage and the second stage of the rocket firing.

    All 10 sats were put into polar orbit, another success!
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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Yup, in that pic, from right to left, you can see the ascent, the cloud from the separation of the first stage (not recovered, too much of a weight penalty), the first stage and the second stage of the rocket firing.

    All 10 sats were put into polar orbit, another success!
    Really cool. My daughter rushed out with wet hair in shorts to see the alien ship her friends were posting on Snapchat. It's ok to not know sometimes, just understand what it is when explained to you.

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    Re: Saw an amazing SpaceX launch from PHX

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Tonight, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 into a polar orbit to deploy 9 Iridium (next gen) sats into polar orbit. I knew there was a good chance of seeing it from PHX because it was after sunset here, but still light in California where it launched. I posted on FB about it, then forgot all about it.

    Till I drove home, full clear exhaust trail all the way up, then due south, separation of first stage and it tumbled, and firing of the 2nd stage.

    So beautiful, so awesome.

    Not so beautiful were all the scientifically illiterate idiots and conspiracy theorists posting about all kinds of crap, it is amazing just how many stupid people are out there...
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