Last night's launch of the Inmarsat I-6 F2 communications satellite:
It fell victim to the lost Mars orbiter.
During its inaugural flight, SpaceX’s wayward rocket did not immediately respond to an automated self-destruct command as it began spiraling in the skies... During a Twitter audio chat on Saturday night, Musk said that 40 seconds had passed before the self-destruct command actually worked (Gizmodo)SpaceX launched a test flight of the Starship on top of the super-heavy booster this week.
It did not end as well as they might have hoped:
That being said, much like the recent test launch of the Relativity Terran 1, the system was able to get past "Max Q", the point of maximum dynamic pressure on the rocket. That means that even though both flights ended in explosions, they are still considered successful tests of the vehicles in question.
I'm planning to be in Cleveland, as it's an easy flight, even though Texas has better probability for good weather. Hopefully the hotel won't cancel my reservation to price gouge people like I know happened in 2017.Annular solar eclipse. The “ring of fire” type. Not going to the “zone” I’ll have about 80% occlusion locally. I will be going into the totality path for the total solar eclipse in April of next year.