2. Two-box view of rocket as stage one separates for return to Earth and engine ignites
3. Two-box - Four astronauts seated on left, view of area where rocket stage and Dragon capsule connect on right, view switches to full of stage/capsule separating, then returns to two box with astronauts
Upsound Ground control: "Falcon wishes you a great rest of your trip. Say hi to the crew of Dragon Resiliance for us and let them know your rocket is home safe. Thanks for flying our Falcon 9. See you inside crew."
Upsound Astronaut: "Thank you very much. It's great to be back in space for all of us and hope to send our regards to the crew when we get there."
SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit Friday using a recycled rocket and capsule, the third crew flight in less than a year for Elon Musk’s rapidly expanding company.
The astronauts from the U.S., Japan and France should reach the International Space Station early Saturday morning, following a 23-hour ride in the same Dragon capsule used by SpaceX’s debut crew last May. They’ll spend six months at the orbiting lab.
It was the first time SpaceX reused a capsule and rocket to launch astronauts for NASA, after years of proving the capability on station supply runs. The rocket was used last November on the company’s second astronaut flight.