Bathing in the moonlight. My take on this recent celestial event!

It was funny, I knew it was happening but didn’t really plan on shooting it at all. Ended up enjoying some beach time to shoot the waves and the post sunset glows when I noticed the moon was faintly emerging from the cloud layer below the horizon; it was such a nice welcome surprise. The beach was desolate, no other people at all. It was surreal. I have a bunch more photos but just sharing this initially as it’s most certainly different from the shots I’ve seen!

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil ( tumblr | instagram

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Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 34 forty-nine years (at the time) after the capsule fire that killed the crew of Apollo 1; Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.

“They gave their lives in service to their country in the ongoing exploration of humankind’s final frontier. Remember them not for how they died but for those ideals for which they lived.”

To Gus, Ed, and Roger: Thank you for paving the way to the stars and showing us that the conquest of space truly is worth the risk of life. 

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SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA launchpad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Following in trails blazed by Saturn V moon rockets and space shuttles, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Sunday morning from a storied Kennedy Space Center launch site on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.

The 210-foot rocket carrying a Dragon cargo craft quickly disappeared into clouds after the 9:39 a.m. liftoff from KSC’s pad 39A, where Apollo astronauts launched to the moon and shuttle astronauts last set sail nearly six years ago.

Minutes later, the rocket’s first stage did something the historic missions never contemplated, flipping around above the atmosphere and flying back to Cape Canaveral for a soft landing that unleashed powerful sonic booms across the area.

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     Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida recently saw an event that caused quite a stir. I hope said event will soon become commonplace. On April 8, 2016, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a Cargo Dragon spacecraft on the CRS-8 resupply mission to the International Space Station. After stage separation, the first stage made a successful powered descent and landing from space. This the second time SpaceX has successfully recovered a booster in this way, but the first landed at sea. To allow for higher fuel margins for the return trip, the Falcon landed at sea on a drone ship called “Of Course I Still Love You”, named in reference to the book “The Player of Games”, in honor of the author Iain M. Banks.

     After landing atop the ship, the entire enterprise was slowly towed back inland where it arrived at Port Canaveral. The arrival was met with quite a fanfare from the general public. In the following days, the Falcon was hoisted from its ship, placed ashore, processed and rotated to the horizontal. Soon, she will undergo ten back to back static fire tests, where the idea of reliable rapid reusability will be further proven to the sometimes skeptical commercial spaceflight community.

     Among all this commotion, a less visible but very symbolic event took place; a sign on a building that read “SpaceX Launch Control” was removed and replaced with a sign that now reads “SpaceX Launch & Landing Control”.

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Cape Canaveral National Seashore

It felt like I was having beach withdrawals and so I drove to Cape Canaveral today. It was really cloudy and drizzly and there was light fog on the shore when I got there which was perfect for me and then it cleared up eventually. I had the shore all to myself again. A tiny break from my Smoky Mountain photos! Oh and I got to test out my new 4 stop hard ND Grad filter on these shots.

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

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Breaking: SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral launch site

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral. The explosion happened during a static fire test of the rocket’s engines, NASA told the Associated Press. SpaceX was preparing to launch a communication satellite this weekend. This story is developing.