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Patrick Rowan's Skywatch: Great year for SpaceX

Soon however, I realized that this Launch from Vandenberg AFB on the California coast at dusk was a perfect setup for the rocket to climb out of the darkness near the ground into the sunlight still shining higher up.

He has been criticized for -- among other things -- setting overly ambitious goals, although I'd bet that even when dates get pushed back, they still generate progress more than "realistic" projections, which tend to make people shrug and say "ugh."

In a recently released video (, we get amazing views from within a capsule designed to carry paying passengers, as it is launched into space and parachutes back to a soft landing.

If successful, the first stage will flip around for re-entry, and aim for a vertical touchdown at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, 9 miles south the launch site.

They'd just better include a camera focused on the all-electric sports car while its sound system plays the late David Bowie's "Space Oddity" before launching beyond the orbit of Mars!


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