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On July 24, SpaceX sent the world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, into space. On top of the Heavy, within the payload bay, were 24 satellites being carried to orbit to take up residence in space. But some parts of the Heavy were destined to come back to Earth, including the protective payload fairing that shielded the satellites from the extreme forces of a rocket launch. For the first time, SpaceX captured the fairing before it dropped into the Atlantic -- and have now provided stunning vision of its return to Earth.
SpaceX - Twitter - Account - Video - Tuesday
The SpaceX twitter account shared the video below on Tuesday evening, giving rocket chasers a fairing-eye's view of the return to Earth. As the half pipe-shaped metal zips through Earth's atmosphere, it lights up the particles, turning the screen a brilliant blue. This is what it looks like when you return from space:
Catching the fairing is a particularly important milestone for SpaceX. The fairing acts like a nose cone for the rocket and shields the cargo being launched off-planet. Once the rocket has punched through Earth's atmosphere,...
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