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Watch Elon Musk react to successful SpaceX rocket landing for the first time

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Dec 21, 2016
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  1. SpaceX has accomplished a number of landmark achievements since its founding in 2002 although few have been as impactful as what took place exactly one year ago to the day.

    On December 21, 2015, SpaceX for the first time successfully landed a Falcon 9 reusable rocket following a mission to deliver 11 commercial satellites into orbit some 500 miles overhead. The historic event aired live via YouTube streaming broadcast, offering viewers an inside look as SpaceX employees watched and ultimately celebrated the landing.

    What the stream didn’t show, however, was founder Elon Musk’s reaction.

    Turns out, a film crew was following Musk around on that day and that footage has just been released courtesy of National Geographic. As you’ll see, Musk was on the edge of his seat and just as ecstatic as the hundreds of employees we watched celebrate a year ago.

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  2. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    I'm amazed how far humanity has come in 200-years. From the light bulb to a realistic-goal of space tourism.
    wastedkill likes this.
  3. emmzo

    emmzo TS Addict Posts: 182   +77

    We should have done this five hundred years ago if it weren`t for the dark ages.
    insect likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    The only reason why footage wasn't released earlier was probably because Musk was still trying to figure out a way to monetize it.
  5. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    I worry a little (but not much - science is still very strong - a new technology seems to come out daily) we are about to repeat given all of the vocal anti-science in the world today just because the science doesn't fit one's personal opinion/anecdotes.

    There are two advantages we have this time:
    • the first is things are 'in the cloud' and highly replicated, so we won't lose that one parchment that has years of science on it (re., burning the library at Alexandria or Baghdad) so recovery from something politically or socially catastrophic will be much easier for scientists;
    • the second is globalism - the countries with the best science (read: innovation) win the economic and military wars right now.
  6. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 420   +157

    This man has done things that will enter the history books!

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