Peer Out The Window Of A Rocket Returning To Earth

What does it look like when one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets falls back to Earth? Here’s the view of our gorgeous planet captured during the uncontrolled tumble to reentry.

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The coolest thing about the Falcon 9R rockets is hidden in the name — that R stands for “reusable,” an ambitious if not-quite-yet-proven attempt to soft-land on a barge and recycle the massive boosters in future flights. But before the rocket can try landing on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean, it first needs to find its way back to Earth. This video was captured by a Go Pro camera tucked inside the ejected fairing of a Falcon 9R rocket during a recent flight, recovered when the fairing washed up on a beach in the Bahamas. The video is replayed in real-time to give us just the smallest glimpse of how surreal and lovely our planet is from afar.

Top image credit: SpaceX/Mika McKinnon

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johnmzoidberg
johnmzoidberg

To be completely fair here, the fairing is not in a “controlled” anything at this point. It has been jettisoned as unnecessary mass by this point, and is falling to the atmosphere where it will generally be expected to break apart and/or burn up. However, it IS very light for its mass and sometimes rocket fairings survive the fall and even occasionally wash back ashore.