Spectacular SpaceX Crew-2 Launch!

SpaceX launched four astronauts of the Crew-2 mission into space at 5:49 am this morning (April 23, 2021).  It was a spectacular sight here on the Space Coast of Florida – a magical moment of wonder!  As I watched the rocket arc into the sky, I could hear the predawn birds calling and an alligator bellowing. A short time later the roar of the engines reached me at our backyard in Palm Bay.  The crew will dock at the International Space Station on early Saturday morning for a six month stay.  Learn more at:  https://www.spacex.com/launches/

Liftoff of SpaceX Crew-2 Mission
Rocket Arc of SpaceX Crew-2 Launch
Misty Rocket Trail “Ball” of SpaceX Crew-2 Launch
Rocket Trail Mist Covering Sky of SpaceX Crew-2 Launch
SpaceX Crew-2 Rocket Trail Dips Below Horizon

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Spectacular SpaceX Crew-2 Launch!

  1. Cool shots, Pam! Safe travels, astronauts!!

  2. SoyBend says:

    Great photos, Pam! I like the arcing liftoff pictures. Amazing sights.

  3. Great shots of an amazing event! Some of my friends got up and captured photos of it here. If I had known I would have set my alarm!

    • Pam says:

      That’s amazing – it went a long ways into the distance! The absolute most beautiful launches of all are an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset. Glad the astronauts made it safely to the ISS.

  4. Excellent series of photos Pam. When we lived in St. Augustine we saw a few launches, but none were as clear as this one. And of course, our photos didn’t even approach this quality. Very well done! ~ James

    • Pam says:

      Thank you! We never take launches for granted – we get excited every single time. There are supposed to be a record number this year. Nice thing we can do even from our own backyard!

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