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This is a great collection on spacecraft and planes technically and beautifully illustrated by Giuseppe De Chiara.

illustration by Giuseppe De Chiara

illustration by Giuseppe De Chiara

Link to Collection on Wikipedia

Link to Google+ page

Link to Source: https://vine.co/v/OjqeYWWpVWK

f9crash

Gif made of images released by Elon Musk of F9 crashing on landing barge. GIF assembled by FredFS456 at Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/2sm3q7/anglecorrected_gif_for_barge_crashlanding/)

cr5-1stlanding

Hopefully the video equipment on the barge survived and was working. Let’s hope video will be released…stay tuned.

UPDATE: Musk has added that “they didn’t get good video of the landing attempt” and  “Ship itself is fine. Some of the support equipment on the deck will need to be replaced.”

UPDATE 2: Musk tweeted about the Grid Fins – “worked extremely well from hypersonic velocity to subsonic, but ran out of hydraulic fluid right before landing.”

If you missed the great launch

A parody of XKCD’s “Up Goer 5″ called “The BIRD 9″

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Click for full image. Credit: SpaceX/Twitter/Imgur

The Bird 9

One of my favorite launches in recent memory

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