Watch a SpaceX Rocket Stage Burn Up Spectacularly in the Earth’s Atmosphere – Futurism

Posted: March 31, 2021 at 4:50 am

The videos are incredible.Light Show

On March 4, SpaceX launched its latest batch of broadband-beaming Starlink satellites into orbit using one of the companys workhorse Falcon 9 rockets.

But the launch didnt go entirely as planned. The rockets second stage failed to light its engines during deorbit and spent the last 23 days in space until careening through the Earths atmosphere last night in an epic light show.

Its reentry lit up the skies like a spectacular fireworks display around 4am local time over the Seattle area. Videos of the uncontrolled reentry showed up on social media, with bewildered onlookers trying to make sense of what theyve just seen.

Videos show the second stage breaking up into small pieces as it burns up.

The rocket stage was mean to slowly make its way back down to Earth in a much more controlled manner.

Basically, if an object is in orbit around the Earth, it doesnt need any propellant or anything to keep going around the Earth, itll just go around and around and around, Bill Burnyeat, community astronomer for Canadian Planetariums, told local Vancouver news station News 1130.

But the deorbit burn never occurred.

Its kind of like if you had a car that was moving in a parking lot but there was no one driving and the car was just driving around and around randomly, then eventually would hit something, Burnyeat added.

The pressure the stage met when it hit the atmosphere was so intense that even the metal glowed as it burned up.

Most it will burn up in the Earths atmosphere so theres no real danger of it falling on someones head, Burnyeat told News 1130.

READ MORE: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket debris creates spectacular light show for Metro Vancouver [News 1130]

More on reentries: Amazing Footage Shows Ancient NASA Satellite Burning Up During Reentry

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