Photography of Roy Thoman

Satellites are getting smaller and rockets are getting larger

Last night SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A normal Falcon 9 rocket has, 9 powerful Merlin rocket engines. A Falcon Heavy is three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together! SpaceX has been continually tweaking it’s Merlin engines. This Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket flying today. Boy was it powerful! This rocket was Space Shuttle loud. You could hear the rumble building as it got closer and closer. The sound started to reverberate off of the buildings, then the sound waves hit, you could hear and feel the rumble! It was awesome! The reason for all of that power, the Falcon Heavy was carrying 24 assorted satellites into space. Advances in technology have made it possible to build smaller satellites. This allows rockets to carry multiple satellites into space on the same rocket. Not only is this more profitable for companies like SpaceX. It should also be less expensive for satellite users. Night launches are always beautiful, and this one was no exception. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this launch was at 2:30 AM! It was worth getting up early to see it though. A very strange phenomenon happened during the launch. Looking through the binoculars, as the two Falcon 9 boosters strapped to the side, separated, the glowing engines and vapor, created an image that looked very much like Voldemort’s dark mark in the sky!

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch_06-25-2019_001

4 responses

  1. Spectacular!

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    June 26, 2019 at 6:50 am

  2. Thank you Gallivants!


    June 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm

  3. A most incredible shot and historical image, Roy! Beautiful photography and interesting blog! Those rockets are getting bigger for sure!

    It is amazing how the Cape is growing now. I just hope they do not take the land away from the people…

    Liked by 1 person

    July 1, 2019 at 2:57 am

  4. Thank you Dorothy! Yes I know, I hope they don’t take Playa Linda away. That would be very sad. I think I need to get out there and take some photos.


    July 1, 2019 at 1:02 pm

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