S. Nicole Lane
June 04, 2017 9:55 am
Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Since our political climate seems to be waging a war on science, this video at Cape Canaveral will remind you as to why science is so incredibly important. Today’s launch marked the 100th mission from the historic site in Florida, whose site launched the first crew to the Moon. Even though we should be used to launches and landings, the SpaceX landed its fifth Flacon 9 rocket booster, and we can’t help but feel emotional.

The video shows the spacecraft landed, with bugs buzzing by, and smoke plummeting around the craft. When the Falcon 9 completes its landing, people begin cheering. Who knew science could be so emotional?

SpaceX has become the first private company to launch capsule’s for NASA into orbit. Ten minutes before the Falcon’s landing, Elon Musk’s spaceflight company launched a Dragon spacecraft, which will orbit several times. Moreover, the Dragon is a refurbished spacecraft. It first launched in 2014.

In order to maintain low space costs, refurbishing is necessary.

Space station program manager at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Kirk Shireman said, “Supporting the Dragon re-flight is a really, really important step. SpaceX did a very thorough job in terms of certification of the Dragon and refurbing it and NASA did a very thorough job of understanding that certification and making sure it was safe to fly.”

The Dragon is carrying 6,000 pounds of food, experiments, and other supplies.

Some of these items include a group of fruit flies to test out the cardiovascular system in microgravity. Mice who study the affects of bone loss in space are also on board.

Stormy weather caused delays for two days for the Falcon 9 rocket launch. Even though there were concerns about gathering clouds, the decision to launch the Falcon resumed at 5:07 p.m ET. Just two minutes after lift off, the Falcon’s first stage engine shut down. A single engine powering the Falcon 9 ignited for a six minute second burn into orbit. Enough oxygen and kerosene remained to reach the landing pad because the Falcon 9 was heading for a low altitude.

We will be seeing a lot more of SpaceX in the future. And this video reminds us that space exploration isn’t stopping anytime soon in terms of innovation and reusability.

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