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These Tweets & Pics Capture SpaceX’s Epic Comeback
published during a waning gibbous moon.
01/16/2017

The stakes were high for SpaceX.

The pre-flight explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket on September 1, 2016 destroyed both the rocket and its payload—a $200 million dollar communications satellite meant to give internet access to sub-Saharan Africa. On June 28, 2015, a Falcon 9 rocket bringing supplies to the ISS fell apart minutes after launch.

After bad weather led to the scrubbing of SpaceX’s next attempted launch earlier this January, anticipation for a successful one continued to build. SpaceX desperately needed a victory—and it got one. The launch this past Saturday, on January 14th was the first since the September failure; it went smoothly and delivered its payload— 10 Iridium satellites. A successful mission was crucial not only to insert the satellites into orbit, but also to boost consumer confidence in SpaceX and to cement Elon Musk’s vision to increase the company’s revenue by providing satellite-based internet which would eventually pave the way to Mars.

Here’s a look at the best tweets and images from the launch.

Pre-launch

Iridium-1 Mission

Liftoff

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Credit: Mashable/SpaceX

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In-flight

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