This Sunday – Watch SpaceX Land a Rocket
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! – I can just hear the cheesy TV ads for this, but this is actually something I’m kinda pumped about. SpaceX (you know, the space people who aren’t NASA or Russia) is going to do something that I’ve always deemed as impossible; land a freaking rocket.
“Just Read the Instructions” can be read on the deck of the barge in which the rocket in question will land on, as if to jokingly taunt the persons who are going to be trying their all to stick the proverbial landing.
The stream is scheduled to start at 9am Eastern Time on NASA’s Ustream Channel, or down below.
The rocket will be carrying a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft loaded with over 4,000 pounds of supplies, including food, water, and science experiments, for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. One of the science experiments includes instruments that will allow astronauts to observe meteors penetrating Earth’s atmosphere. It will be the first time anyone in space has ever studied meteors like this before.
After the Falcon 9 has transported Dragon to space, it will detach from the spacecraft (which will then dock with the ISS) and navigate its way back — using GPS tracking — to a football-field-sized platform, shown below, floating miles offshore in the Atlantic.