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Space transportation general. Since spaceflight is increasing exponentially, since we are up to at least a launch per week and since we are days away from an industry revolutionizing fully reusable
super heavy lift launch vehicle.

Upcoming launches:


SpaceX livestreams on Twitter/X:

Upcoming NASA operations:


SpaceX Mars goal



Starbase 24/7 streams



Starbase tour from last summer




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Should launch at 7am central which is 8 hours from now. It will be a game changer for the industry and the world. 200 tons of payload to orbit, fully reusable and with fuel that can be made on mars.
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The internal habitable volume will be even more significant
I was thinking about this recently. The amount if companies that will have access to R&D on commercial space stations is going to change everything.
what incentive is there to build space stations beyond research (eg ISS) and space tourism for the ultra wealthy?
if space mining becomes viable then I could see the need for space stations, but that seems unlikely to happen in our lifetimes
"Incentive" is always a relative term. Honestly if spaceflight becomes cheap enough, you'll see people make space stations etc because they can and it's cool, and people will move up there for selfsame reasons. Humanity doesn't always do things for rational reasons, and sometimes the irrational things they do occur at grand scale and expense. Guarantee you'll be seeing some insane startups claiming health benefits for time spent on-orbit, and people dumb enough to fall for it.
it's happening

I'm hype as fuck
Corporate research and certain manufacturing iin zero g. There is a bunch of financial interest in this.
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All engines fired.
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Stage zero went flawlessly
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Liftoff was a success
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All engines work
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Hot staging was successful
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Launch webm
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Hot staging and booster rud webm
It was so insane! I'm so pumped up. What a success
Anyone hear the rumor that Blue Origin is going to aquire ULA
Where the last 3 engines supposed to remain lit? Wouldn't this interfere with separation?
nah it was planned
What does the MSM get for shitting on starship and pretending the launch was terrible? Why is it called a failure every single time a successful test happens?
You don’t need to worry about ullage if you hot stage (ignite the n+1 stage engines while the nth stage is burning). It’s what the Russians have done for decades.
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The launch pad is undamaged. Crazy going from total destruction to no damage.
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spacex starship blew up again get rekt
It was a wild success. All raptors performed nominally which was thought to be impossible, hot staging worked and they got beyond max q
Wait why does that negate ullage?
If a rocket coasts while staging, the propellants will float up from the bottom of their tanks. If a rocket stays under thrust while staging, it negates the need for ullage rockets before second-stage ignition to seat propellant at the bottom of the tank so the pumps can get it.
>NASA's Phil McAlister says Boeing's crew flight test of Starliner is on track for NET April 14, 2024, pending a successful parachute test in January.
Will boing succeed? Will they embarrass themselves yet again? Find out next year on the shitshow.
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Elon Musk on X: Starship Flight 3 hardware should be ready to fly in 3 to 4 weeks
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Hardware is looking great
Intuitive Machines planning up to three lunar lander missions in 2024
New SpaceX statement on the OFT
>Starship returned to integrated flight testing with its second launch from Starbase in Texas. While it didn’t happen in a lab or on a test stand, it was absolutely a test. What we did with this second flight will provide invaluable data to continue rapidly developing Starship.

>On November 18, 2023, Starship successfully lifted off at 7:02 a.m. CT from Starbase in Texas and achieved a number of major milestones:

>All 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy Booster started up successfully and, for the first time, completed a full-duration burn during ascent.

>Starship executed a successful hot-stage separation, powering down all but three of Super Heavy’s Raptor engines and successfully igniting the six second stage Raptor engines before separating the vehicles. This was the first time this technique has been done successfully with a vehicle of this size.

>Following separation, the Super Heavy booster successfully completed its flip maneuver and initiated the boostback burn before it experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly. The vehicle breakup occurred more than three and a half minutes into the flight at an altitude of ~90 km over the Gulf of Mexico.

>Starship's six second stage Raptor engines all started successfully and powered the vehicle to an altitude of ~150 km and a velocity of ~24,000 km/h, becoming the first Starship to reach outer space and nearly completing its full-duration burn.

>The flight test’s conclusion came when telemetry was lost near the end of second stage burn prior to engine cutoff after more than eight minutes of flight. The team verified a safe command destruct was appropriately triggered based on available vehicle performance data.

>The water-cooled flame deflector and other pad upgrades performed as expected, requiring minimal post-launch work to be ready for upcoming vehicle tests and the next integrated flight test.
>With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and this flight test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multiplanetary. Data review is ongoing as we look for improvements to make for the next flight. The team at Starbase is already working final preparations on the vehicles slated for use in Starship’s third flight test, with Ship and Booster static fires coming up next.

>Thank you to our customers, Cameron County, spaceflight fans, and the wider community for the continued support and encouragement. And congratulations to the entire SpaceX team on an exciting second flight test of Starship!
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I know everyone is geeked up about the starship but to me the CLPS missions are what is going to make things real. They're close to launching, they lay the groundwork and they are beyond flag and footprints.
>Pittsburgh, PA – October 31, 2023 – Astrobotic announced today the Peregrine lunar lander has arrived safely in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft was unloaded at Astrotech facilities where it will be integrated with the United Launch Alliance (ULA)’s Vulcan for launch on December 24, 2023.
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Vulcan upper stage has been stacked. Looking like the Christmas Eve launch is going to happen
I think the 6 raptors from the starship were enough to seperate them. Keeping the 3 lit is probably neccesary for their return burn
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>We are thrilled to share part of our growing customer base for Mission 1, set to launch aboard Starship as early as mid-2026.
Starship payload is startung to get contracted!!! Its real!
NASA Mars smallsat mission to be on first New Glenn launch
They have to dumb it down to the simplest possible coherent narrative so that the retarded reporters who don't care can hold the interest of their phonezombie audience with an attention span of zero seconds.

Big rocket go up high. Blow up.
Big rocket go up high. Not blow up.

Those are the only narratives they'll run. It's possible there's some twitter animosity or some shit like that but most likely it's just standard dumbass reporters, sensationalism and catering to the lowest-common denominator audience
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Lex Friedman visited Bezos and the picture shared seems to show New Glenn
>They have to dumb it down to the simplest possible coherent narrative
No there is more animosity than that
Because this is usually the part where the company's assets get liquidated and employees sold into sex slavery
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ESA’s new Ariane 6 rocket passed a major full-scale rehearsal today in preparation for its first flight, when teams on the ground went through a complete launch countdown followed by a seven-minute full firing of the core stage’s engine, as it would fire on a launch into space.
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So, which one gets your vote?


You have until Friday, 1 December 2023 to cast your vote for Australia's rover name.
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New Glenn first stage hardware spotted!!!
>New Glenn first stage hardware spotted

Honestly its insane how much US capabilities are pulling ahead. The future is looking bright!
Boongs barely lifted their heads enough to see the moon for 10k years and now they are naming the moon rover, wow
It's super annoying that they didn't actually take the public submissions. 2 abbo names and 2 non cultural tame bullshit names. Its embarrassing.
even mateship seems political in light of the recent maaate campaign
I didn't even think of that.. fucking tyrants
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SpaceX put up almost the mass of the ISS in just 3 months.
Upcoming CLPS Launches:

DEC 24
12:49 AM
Vulcan United Launch Alliance (ULA)
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral SFS
Florida, United States
— with: Peregrine 1, Celestis Enterprise Flight
Debut launch of ULA's new Vulcan rocket. Astrobotic's Peregrine lander will carry 16 customer payloads to the lunar surface.

Peregrine Lander | Astrobotic
Lunar LanderNASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)Test FlightVehicle Debut DEC 06

JAN 12 2024
Nova-C IM-1
Falcon 9
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center
Florida, United States
— with: DOGE-1
First lunar lander built and launched for NASA's CLPS program. This will be the first commercial lunar landing if successful.

SpaceX accepts Dogecoin as payment to launch ‘DOGE-1 mission to the Moon’ next year - CNBC
Nova-C (Intuitive Machines)
Lunar LanderNASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)OCT 27

NOV 10 2024
Falcon Heavy
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center
Florida, United States
VIPER (rover) (Wikipedia)
Lunar RoverNASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)
Kind of crazy that its only been 25 years.
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SpaceX is testing new iteration for the tile mounts.
Latest starbase flyover shows they are prepping pads to store the segments of a second launch tower. Not sure if it would be possible to bring the second tower from Florida, seems like that would be a very disruptive series of road moves.
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Rocketlab had their 10th successful mission of the year
Where are they planning on putting it?
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Dream Chaser Tenacity is at NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility and set to be vertically stacked in launch configuration with Shooting Star. The two vehicles will soon be subjected to the extreme conditions of launch vibrations.
This is a HUGE milestone - full engine, 11x larger thrust than Aeon 1, designed for our reusable heavy lift rocket, and a big leap forward in 3D printing tech.
-Tim Ellis
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Kuiper satellites are now up
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its looking pretty good
Flight 3 Starship completed a full-duration static fire with all six of its Raptor engines
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Also, they just tested the payload bay doors!
NASA Astronauts Test SpaceX Elevator Concept for Artemis Lunar Lander
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Firefly launch today. Very good look for our future.
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Merry Christmas /n/ we have a big new year ahead of us and the SpaceX sign is finished!
Barge with first segment of the second tower along with some tanks for Masseys will arrive from Florida in a few days. The launch site will likely start expanding early in the new year so they can start on the second tower base, OLM columns and OLM deluge substructure.
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Happy New Year Space /n/erds. 2024 is looking great for spaceflight
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The Falcon Heavy launch was so Kino
Starting to remove some of the orbital tank farm vertical tanks. Maybe the water tank will go first since it wasn't being used. Possibly the methane tank that was being used for water if all the water is stored in the deluge tanks now.
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The Vulcan centaur is here.
Kinda sad desu
several are already working on it, Vast is the company spaceX partnered with
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Its so pretty
>Government space agencies would be Vast's primary target customers. Other customers could include philanthropists, private research firms and companies looking to send only payloads - not humans - to the station for robotic research missions.
Automated research would be game changing. Also this is one company, we are on the verge of serious expansionism.
>The launch site will likely start expanding early in the new year so they can start on the second tower base, OLM columns and OLM deluge substructure.
It will be very interesting to see just how much they can get done this year. 2 launch towers at that site will be incredibly productive.
>tfw I might have actually been born just in time to explore space
Feels good man
Original water tank completely cut up. Cutting the base of one of the shells for the not methane tanks which was being used as a water tank. Should lift that soon and start chopping it.
Now they are going for the stainless inner tank. Busy scrapping weekend.
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Vulcan launchedfor the first time! The rocket sent an Astrobotic lander on a moon mission, right now the lander is having issues but this is a major milestone in space expansion.
About time, they needed to get rid of those
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Making a giant wok.
You're very lucky, i will be an old man by then
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About damn time it sees sunshine
Starting to tear down the last of the production tents at Starbase.
New Glenn 2nd Stage Unveiled
Right, its finally getting exciting.
Good, I am surprised how long they lasted
Space Force to award multiple contracts for ‘Digital Spaceport’ up to $1.9 million each
First look at Axiom’s AxEMU suit
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New Sierra space pic dropped.
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SpaceX released a new render of the upcoming Polaris Dawn mission
Love these threads so much man. Man's natural place is among the stars. We'll look Prometheus in the eyes as we blaze past him, & I'm glad I get to see & help its start.
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It truly is, our possibilities increase exponentially once we start moving off world and light the forges of creation. I envy the kids just now going through school or entering college, they will see a world we only dreamed of.
Axiom's AX-3 is launching today. Private crew on a SpaceX dragon

>Axiom Space’s crew of four astronauts will conduct more than 30 different experiments while aboard the space station. Data collected on ground before and after the mission as well as in flight will impact understanding of human physiology on Earth and on orbit, as well as advance scientific understanding, harness opportunities for industrial advancements, and develop technologies for humanity’s progress.
Launches in 1 hour!!!

Here is the link:
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Very nice looking launch. Love to see private spaceflight.
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Dragon docked to the ISS with the ax3 crew
Rip to Japan's slim lander. It was a good attempt
New Glenn first and second stage mate for the first time. testing at LC-36 shortly
Belgium signed the Artemis accords, that makes 34 nations.
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The intuitive Machines IM-1 mission to the moon is set NET mid February for launch. Pretty exciting considering the recent Astrobotic mission failure. CLPS is both risky but important and will really help set the groundwork for the Artemis program.
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But a February launch makes for quite the turnaround.
>Latest Russian "timeline" shows only single Soyuz going to ISS in 2026 and 2028, no flights in 2030. I wonder if NASA knows that it will have one crew exchange opportunity in those years? (...and we can ignore the shown ROS schedule as completely, positively unachievable):

Blue Origin and SpaceX work on cargo versions of their landers.
> “NASA expects these large cargo landers to have high commonality with the human landing systems already in work with adjustments to the payload interfaces and deployment mechanisms,” NASA stated. “The preliminary design requirements include delivering 12 to 15 metric tons to the lunar surface.”
> NASA added that no payloads have been identified yet for those landers. The earliest the cargo landers would be used is Artemis 7, a mission projected for no earlier than the early 2030s.
NASA Shares Newest Results of Moon to Mars Architecture Concept Review
And here is their Moon-to-Mars architecture page
It is excellent to see them finally tweaking this to something that is a bit more serious as the technology actually gives us the capability.
Northrop Grumman prepare the first Cygnus to fly on Falcon 9.

Kinda crazy desu, you have to wonder what longevity this will have and if the cost will drop long term.
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It looks like a pretty rough outcome. I'm surprised its orientation is so bad.
RIP Ingenuity. Damaged rotors during last landing. Still upright and communicating but can't fly anymore.
it's about time we got back in the game
OLM legs getting painted and additional armor plates installed, so the next launch could be coming up fast. Even the vertical tanks are getting an exoskeleton.
Interesting, would be fun to play farewell to nova scotia during a launch.
Thats actually the best outcome as itnow will remain on the surface standing up until something comes into contact with it.
Updates for Polaris Dawn
That is much needed. I can't wait to see a launch without stage 0 damage.
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Musk on Martian laser communications systems.
Ahem.... I'll just drop this here
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>Starlink L136 | SpaceX | Jan 28 | 2315 UTC
18th launch this year already. Pretty incredible
It would be nice if some of these actually had space programs...
2008, more like 1969.
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kek. Oldspace is gonna Oldspace.
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Rocketlab Electron will deploy four SSA satellites to a 530km orbit - and will also be bringing the rocket’s first stage back to Earth under a parachute for a recovery attempt.
Did any of you guys watch that falcon 9 launch? The tracking on that landing was incredible!
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9 months to launch, and EuropaClipper has all its instruments!

During the spacecraft's 49 flybys of Europa, the instruments will gather measurements and images that will help us determine if Jupiter's icy moon has conditions suitable for life. https://go.nasa.gov/3Si8L8M
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Launch went well.
NASA announced Assignments for its SpaceX Crew-9 Space Station Mission
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Here they are Commander Zena Cardman, Pilot Nick Hague, and Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mission Specialist Aleksandr Gorbunov
4 more tower sections moved in Florida for loading onto a barge. Construction on a 6 story parking garage supposed to start in Starbase next week. Looks like the office building might to getting started on the other side of the factory.
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Greece has now joined the Artemis accords
About fucking time. To be honest SpaceX should move their HQ down there
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IFT-3 is stacked
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New glenn is standing
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SpaceX has moved its state of incorporation from Delaware to Texas!
Yeah he's having a tantrum because a judge said he can't just grant himself a $60 billion bonus when he only owns 12% of the car company
And Russia is looking to nuke Starlink.
>moving HQ into the middle of nowhere in hurricane alley and right next to cartel warzone land

It was an absurd package, but saying "he gave himself $60B" is disingenuous. The board *and shareholders* approved a stock-based compensation package that would unlock blocks of shares to be issued if the stock met price targets. Price targets that, when the package was granted in 2018, were stupidly far off. It's like saying "if our company is worth a gazillion dollars tomorrow, we award our CEO a trillion shares of stock"- it was a publicity stunt. Then the company became worth a gazillion dollars and the CEO was awarded his stock and suddenly oh fuck, why are we letting this much money go out the door? We wouldn't have awarded this in 2018 if we knew what we know today". Except it isn't even money, it's shares, the value of which exists because Elon did what Elon does, and turned a podunk car company into the hottest shit on the planet. The lawsuit argued that the only fair solution is shareholders get 9001% returns instead of 9000% because fuck you, they mashed buy at the right time.
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>the value of which exists because Elon did what Elon does, and turned a podunk car company into the hottest shit on the planet
Was it hard to type that out with elon's dick in your mouth or are you pretty used to it by now?
>Elon did what Elon does, and turned a podunk car company into the hottest shit on the planet
It was just a name when he became a founder. They didn't even have a car design yet, thats why he is credited as a founder.
>hottest shit on the planet.
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Intuitive Machines flight controllers successfully fired the first liquid methane and liquid oxygen engine in space, completing the IM-1 mission engine commissioning. This engine firing included a full thrust mainstage engine burn and throttle down-profile necessary to land on the Moon
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Incoming tower segments.
Can't wait until starships are launching like falcon 9s.
If you excuse the Musk onions there's a kernel of truth in this anon's statement. Elon is a complete retard but investors latch onto him. Having his name associated with Tesla is the only reason its stock price is so inflated rn.
Are they planning on building additional towers at Boca Chica, or is this for a different site?
>Elon is a complete retard
The only retard is the one making this statement unironically.
>Are they planning on building additional towers at Boca Chica, or is this for a different site?
Boca Chica is getting a second tower. Since they have a long way to go to get approval to expand the site footprint, the second tower will likely go where the suborbital pad is. So that pad will likely get demolished very soon, maybe after the next ship does a static fire. Ship static fires are being moved to Masseys, but a lot of work before that's online.
I used to be a huge NASA and SpaceX fan 2015-2020 but now I think it's a big grift. NASA not so much because they do genuine science however they've been shilling a jobs program disguised as a moon rocket for years. But we all know this. The more insidious grift is SpaceX. Elon is a grifter, shocker. 1) It's not a private venture, he is heavily subsidised by the government. 2) The claims of going to Mars and even putting lots of humans in space is all bullshit designed to deflect away from his use of public funds. At the end of the day it's just a more efficient military satellite program. Do you really think the US gov would fund some autist's pie-in-the-sky dream?

Oh and none of it is new, The whole program is largely a copy of Philip Bono's ideas in the 1960s.
Its called starbase. Enough with the shitty development name.
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>he is heavily subsidised by the government.
No he is not
>The claims of going to Mars and even putting lots of humans in space is all bullshit
No it is not
>Do you really think the US gov would fund some autist's pie-in-the-sky dream
They aren't the ones paying for it.
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Odysseus lander captured this image approximately 100,000km from the Moon using its Terrain Relative Navigation camera.
Falcon 9 just completed its 300th successful mission. That is insane

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