Apollo 8 liftoff

Apollo 8 lifted off fifty years ago today, taking humans to orbit the Moon for the first time. This was also the first time a Saturn V carried humans. Originally scheduled as a test flight for orbital reentry, Russian successes prompted a revision of plans and 16 weeks later Apollo 8 lifted off to carry Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders around the Moon.

SpaceX Falcon 9 water landing

Cool video from today’s SpaceX launch. The first stage had a hydraulic failure that sent it into a spin on descent. From out of control to a soft water landing. Nice!

And from another angle: