Sunday, June 28, 2015

Launching Rockets Is Hard

NASA, these days relegated to not creating rockets (what they do best obviously) but monitoring other companies' rockets has confirmed this morning that the latest creation by the smartypantses (I mean this in the most respectful way) at SpaceX have some work ahead of them.

"Well...we are fired."

After a successful launch of their latest rocket, the good folks at SpaceX have learned that the whole "what goes up..." side of gravity can most definitely not be the best thing. That's because it came back down, in much smaller pieces. That bitch exploded. Spectacularly, as well, a space rocket blowing up can be. Pieces of the failure could be seen falling into the Atlantic ocean, the Guardian reports.

NASA spokesman George Diller told NBC News that the last readings from the rocket came two minutes and 19 seconds after launch.  A timetable that seems easy to make fun of, as long as you omit the fact that neither you nor I are smart enough to make a paper airplane that flies for 3 seconds.

According to the Guardian, SpaceX said that the anomaly occurred when the rocket went supersonic.

Falcon 9’s primary objective was to delivery a robotic cargo capsule called Dragon—the payload of which included food and oxygen—to the space station.

There is no immediate threat to life for the astronauts on the space station, the Verge reports. This was the first time a Falcon 9 rocket has failed, after 18 successful launches. It is also, however, the third failed resupply mission to the ISS in the last year.

So if you look at the whole picture though, that record isn't so bad.  Either way, rocket science is kind of exactly the fuck that, rocket science.  I mean, look how hard it was when the whole damn country was working on it:

Good luck you smart sons of bitches.

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