Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Falcon 9 Rocket Did In Fact Blast Off Awesomely on Friday

At long last, after embarrassing anyone stupid enough to make a joke comparing his sexual prowess to a 180-foot-tall, 333-ton rocket ship and then embed a live video feed so everyone could watch the thing sit idle on launch pad for FOUR HOURS while the engineers were, I don't know, fumbling with a condom wrapper or something, SpaceX's Falcon 9 finally (finally!) blasted into the air above Cape Canaveral at 2:45 Friday afternoon.

The clip really is pretty cool to watch, especially at the beginning, when a giant wasp attacks the video camera right before lift-off, and at the end, when the second stage detonation sends the nose cone (which is called "Dragon") into orbit 255 miles in the sky-an event we see from the nose cone's perspective. What's more, the successful launch, which marks a big step toward a future when private companies will send missions to deliver cargo and even astronauts into space (and buy the moon or whatever), led to numerous reports of UFO sightings in eastern Australia, where people were startled to see a "a 'huge revolving moon' with a swirl in the middle, or an illuminated cloud moving high and fast above the horizon" just before dawn.

Here's what it looked like there. (Very similar to the "vortex" UFO filmed over Norway in December).

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Four hours? You should probably see a doctor for that.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I'm stepping out for a cigarette.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Awesome! Maybe these rocket scientists can help the BP folks plug up that leak. Last week it was robots with diamond saws. What's next? Sea lions with blow torches?!?!

roboloki (#1,724)

the sea lions have a union and won't go near the leak. the dolphins will be sent in as part of their work release program.

theheckle (#621)

Never trust a sea lion when a seal can do the job. External ears on sea creatures; that's just freakish.

dado (#102)

I think it's wild that outer space begins 62 miles straight up. It's closer then Philadelphia.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Wake me up from cryo-freeze when we've got space elevators.

Hydroceph (#662)

Lookit all them greenhouse gases!

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