Inspiration4 Launch

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For those not aware, SpaceX is preparing to send the first all civilian crewed space flight in a little over 15 minutes time. The Inspiration4 crew will orbit our planet for 3 days, the very first 'non-astronaut' crew to do so, before returning back to earth.

If interested, you can follow the launch here:

 
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Thanks, Titch! I caught that just before it went up and got to watch!
 
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We watched the launch from our backyard last night. It was truly one of the most interesting looking launches ever. The fire trailing the engine appeared longer (in length) than usual, more red than usual, and the engine burn was visible for a longer period of time.

It was interesting too when the capsule and booster separated. There were two of those extra large (or extra visible) expanding exhaust plumes at the point of separation which is something my GF had never seen before.

Also, the booster was firing off very short rocket bursts to reorient it’s return to Earth. Because it was so bright in the dark night sky, we could see with our naked eyes each of those minor thrusts fire off.
 
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Looks a bit like an angel...

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Inspiration4 crew to splashdown after their 3-day mission in a little over 1 1/2 hours time. You can follow their return here, if interested:

 
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