This past week, as we watched SpaceX launch its perfectly massive Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, many of us was beginning to wonder if it would make it off the launch pad. So did Elon Musk.
National Geographic merely posted some unbelievable behind-the-scenes footage of the launch, capturing everything from about 15 seconds prior to takeoff to his minute of realization that the mission was a huge success. Not merely did they manage a picture-perfect launch, but they also recovered two of three rocket cores in a jaw-droppingly beautiful( simultaneous !) controlled landing.
This launch was the culmination of many, many years of work on SpaceX’s part — but still , no one could say with absolute certainty what would happen. The night before the launch, Elon told reportersthat he’d “just be happy if it clears the pad and doesn’t blow the pad to smithereens” — and you can see just how happy he truly was in the video below 😛 TAGEND
Exclusive behind-the-scenes-footage follows Elon Musk in the moments before the Falcon Heavy launch … twitter.com/ i/ web/ status/ 9…
National Geographic (@ NatGeo) February 10, 2018
( Some folks are reporting that the video above isn’t indicating up for them on mobile; if that’s the instance for you, you should be able to find it here )