There is a non-stop stream of amazing news from the open frontier of space:
- SpaceX recovers Falcon 9 after launching spy sat
- Another good launch of sat into geosyn orbit by India
- ULA joint venture agreement expires
- China starts test of cabin for lunar living
5/1/17 – Space.com – SpaceX Launches US Spy Satellite on Secret Mission, Nails Rocket Landing – SpaceX successfully put a classified satellite from National Reconnaissance Office into orbit. As a massive fringe benefit, they also recovered the first stage back at the launch site. This is their fourth successful recovery on land.
The photograph from the launch is incredible. In particular, there is a great view of the first stage separation, flip, and boostback burn.
Here is a clip on Instagram, posted by Elon Musk: