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02/06/18 - The first ever Falcon Heavy launch. Double rocket landing!

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Traffic on the way to KSC freaked me out
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Hello VAB
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This definitely isn't commentary on the SLS. Nope
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There she is.. Falcon Heavy
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Our viewing site was at the Turn Basin, right outside the VAB. Thanks to Jeff with the awesome access!
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The SLS launch platform. It's only leaning a little.
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Me with blurry Falcon Heavy!
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Blurry me with Falcon Heavy!
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Joe managed to get past the security.. rope. Joe goes where he wants
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And there he goes! Joe just walks across the moat thing and onto the Saturn Crawlerway. No one stopped him because they were too baffled
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I bought a much needed water here
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Falcon Heavy!
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That's a fine looking launch vehicle
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Jeff and his grandfather!
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James loves rockets
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I should've parked right in front of the rope. Oh well. We had some company!
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A panorama aronud our viewing site
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This guy has a longer telephoto than me
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The heat haze is a little frustrating but we're SO close. Just under 3 miles
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Dan's first rocket launch! Well, hopefully the first one that actually launches
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Stay cool in the sun!
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Jeff is Mr. KSC these days. Very cool
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The Launch Control Center
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Another identical picture of Falcon Heavy on the launch pad
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The side of the VAB
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Upper level winds keep pushing the launch.. let's play cards!
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Dan taught me how to play Gin Rummy
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We played on the grass
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This was my view when laying in the field
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Is it time to launch yet?
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Dan doesn't want to have a second scrub
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Helicopter! Note the vortex coming off the blade tip
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I've heard this book is good!
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Boeing in the old OPF
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People with some good views on the LCC steps
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Trying new shots
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Falcon Heavyyyy
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How do I get on the LCC roof?
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We have venting!
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Are you topping off the oxygen after the venting?
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Black and white makes things cool
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Are you sick of Falcon Heavy photos yet?
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How about a wide shot?
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How about a picture of Dan taking a picture?
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Tactical Guy is ready for a launch
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A lot of venting on the right!
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It's launching!!
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It's actually going!
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Almost cleared the tower
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The plume is so bright
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Falcon Heavy has cleared the tower!
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Go baby go
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Let's try some more creative filters!
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You can clearly see how the center core is throttled down a bit
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Passing through the clouds
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Up and up and up
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The crowd went nuts
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It's starting to tilt over
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There's the cnotrail
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Take that, upper level winds
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It's really pitching now
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You can see the plume expanding as the pressure drops
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The contrail left a neat shadow
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Side core separation!
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This highly processed photo was the most visible I could make the boost back burn. You can see three plumes at once here!
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Meanwhile, the steam from the sound suppression system is drifting away
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Entry burn! I managed to capture it through the clouds. The side cores are slowing down to survive reentry
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Landing burn!! You can see a green light near the engine plume of the upper core. That's a result of the engine startup sequence
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That lower one is the same core I saw launch on the Thaicom-8 mission two years ago
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It's so insane actually seeing this happen right in front of me, less than ten miles away
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And they stuck the landing!
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