And now, a close up look at a rocket separating in space
Over the decades, there have been a lot of videos showing a rocket separating in space, after a takeoff. This may be the best look at one yet though.
If you aren’t a fan of space exploration, then we really can’t be friends. In fact, you may want to stop reading this site altogether, because it is only going to get worse.
The clip below captures some stunning video of a multistage rocket separating at the edge of space. There have been other videos over the years capturing what it looks like when a rocket separates, but this is possibly the best and clearest yet.
The footage was captured by UP Aerospace as its rocket takes the Maraia Earth Return Capsule into space. The capsule is still in the testing phase, with the hope that one day it will be able to send back small objects from space (it is not meant as a reentry capsule for humans).
If everything goes as planned, the capsule will soon become standard equipment on the International Space Station, where it will be used to send samples and other objects back to Earth as needed. This will help to significantly speed up research conducted in space. As it stands, samples need to be carefully scheduled to return, and they could be months before they are able to reach Earth.
According to Sploid, UP Aerospace “successfully executed a mission for NASA to deploy the Maraia Earth Return Capsule. The mission reached an altitude of 75 miles above Spaceport America and landed 30 miles down range on White Sands Missile Range. The missions was UP Aerospace’s 10th SpaceLoft rocket launch and the first deployment mission.”
As for the video, it is just cool. It gives a close up look at how a modern rocket separates in space – something that the vast, vast, vast majority of us will never get to see without our own eyes.
Check it out below.