December 18, 2017

Photos: SpaceX prepares to launch 25th Falcon 9 rocket

A Thai communications satellite is fastened to the top of SpaceX’s 229-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket for launch Thursday. See photos of the Falcon 9 and Thaicom 8 being prepared for liftoff.

Launch is set for 5:40 p.m. EDT (2140 GMT) Thursday from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. It will take 32 minutes for the Falcon 9 to put the Orbital ATK-built Thaicom 8 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, and about 9 minutes for the Falcon 9’s booster stage to return to a landing at sea.

Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX
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Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo credit: SpaceX

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