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05/27/16 - Back to the Kennedy Space Center to see SpaceX launch Thaicom 8!

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Hey I know this place
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It's counting down to the second Thaicom 8 launch attempt!
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James upgraded his day pass. "You want [the picture] like that?" "He wants it like that.."
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The only way to get to the Saturn V center is to take the bus tour, which felt eternally long when I was itching to get to the viewing site
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Aaaand we're back.
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Taking pictures of pictures
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Falcon 9 venting oxygen!
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The rear of the grandstands
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All 9 Merlin engines have ignited, let's get going!
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Liftoff, we have a liftoff!
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Thaicom 8 lumbers off the pad
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Clear of the strongback
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And the Falcon 9 has cleared the tower!
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That is a beautiful sight
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It rises so slowly at first
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Gaining altitude
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The bright orange flame characteristic of RP-1 burning rockets
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So cool to see the landing legs on there
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Meanwhile, the launch pad seems so desolate
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The Falcon has started leaving a contrail!
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Building up a contrail, tracing out its trajectory
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And the contrail stops
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I made this one black and white to better show the octaweb pattern of the engines
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So far away
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And there's engine burnout
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The contrail is already getting all torn up by high level winds
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Normal clouds and rocket clouds
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Let's go home
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We did it!
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Oh yeah, there's a moon tree here!
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