I hadn't realized how secretly brilliant this was until I started watching the launch feed.
Hopefully everything lines up Saturday or Sunday. Though, the weather isn't looking great on either day.Weather said no. They'll try again Saturday.
My guess is that it's the second stage of the rocket, which SpaceX has not found a way to recycle yet. It should end up in a degrading orbit and eventually burn up in the atmosphere.I just watched the launch. It was extraordinary to watch live. Can someone explain one thing to me? There was a piece that broke off just before they completed the first stage of the mission (where they said the astronauts would go to sleep for about 8 hours before the docking procedure with the ISS). What happens to that piece? I think it was one of the launchers. Does it become space debris or is it recycled like the launcher that returned back to Earth?
Neat site!The Space Station has a number of bright flyovers of the US* this week.
If you're interested in trying to see it, go to Heavens-Above, set your viewing location, and then check the link for the ISS.
* Looks like there are good views available to Europe, Taiwan, and Hawaii too. The viewing times may not be as convenient as ~9pm.