SpaceX inaugurated a new Starlink fleet into orbit the previous week. The rocket, however, wasn’t the only star.
As SpaceX readied its ground-based trailing cameras for the early-morning Falcon 9 rocket liftoff from Florida on May 18, its operators caught a spectacular view of the almost full moon. Minutes delayed, the Falcon 9 initiated 53 Starlink satellites to space from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral.
During a live broadcast, SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson said, “What you’re looking at on your screen is this incredible live shot of the being being captured by one of our tracking cameras at the Cape.” He added, ” Now, these are the same cameras that we use to track Falcon 9 during launch, and today we’re getting a bonus view of the moon, which looks pretty incredible there on your screen.”
Anderson said that the view was captured with the assistance of a SpaceX launch engineer named John.
In a photo, the Falcon 9 soars spaceward as a silhouette as the morning sun gleams with calm yellow and orange light. A second photo apprehends the moment the Falcon 9 bridged in front of the sun, as far as the photographer noticed it.
The next SpaceX rocket liftoff will be the company’s Transporter 5 rideshare journey holding up a variety of tiny satellites for consumers. That flight is planned for no earlier than May 25 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.