SpaceX CRS-4 Space Station Resupply - Mike Killian Photography

SpaceX Space Station Commercial Resupply Mission #4 for NASA

SpaceX CRS-4 Launch 

Featured as the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for September 26, 2014


APOD image caption provided by NASA sums it up nicely:

"Taken from an Atlantic beach, Cape Canaveral, planet Earth, four identically framed digital images are combined in this night skyscape. Slightly shifted short star trails dot the sky, but the exposure times were adjusted to follow the flight of a Falcon 9 rocket. The September 21 launch delivered a Dragon X capsule filled with supplies to the International Space Station. Above the bright flare seen just after launch, the rocket's first stage firing trails upward from the left. After separation, the second stage burn begins near center with the vehicle climbing toward low Earth orbit. At the horizon, the flare near center records the re-ignition and controlled descent of the Falcon 9's first stage to a soft splashdown off the coast."

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