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Space Rocket Launch

A rocket is an air-, spacecraft or any vehicle that is thrusted by jet power (e.g. rocket engines) and looks like a huge missile controlled by a human. During last 8 centuries these have been used in scientific, industrial and interplanetary fields, widely extending our capabilities. Today they allow us to accomplish such significant achievements of humankind as spaceflights and space explorations.

In the modern world, the word ‘rocket’ itself may describe a variety of flying objects from holiday firecrackers to complex space launch vehicles.

Below you will find a compilation of most spectacular rockets launches we’re found in YouTube – enjoy!

Elon Mask’s Space X Falcon Heavy Test Flight

This rocket launch can undoubtedly be called a historical moment. Having performed this liftoff, Falcon Heavy has become the most powerful operational rocket in the world that can lift into orbit more than twice the payload of the next operational vehicle (the Delta IV Heavy) at one-third cost.

And yes, this is the one with Tesla car in space orbit:)

The view can be switched in the properties section. The action starts at 21:49.

Mission Name: Falcon Heavy Test Flight
Location: Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Rocket: Falcon Heavy
Date: February 6, 2018

Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket Launch

This launch was performed by Rocket Lab as the first commercial launch of the company.

Mission Name: “It’s Business Time”
Location: Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Rocket: Electron
Date: November 11, 2018

UP Aerospace SL-10 Rocket Launch

Our next video can make you feel a little dizzy but it’s captured with GoPro camera and is available in high quality. Check out the amazing view at the Earth from space orbit!

Mission Name: SL-10 launch
Location: Spaceport America, New Mexico
Rocket: SL-10
Date: November 6, 2015

NASA Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch

NASA robotic spacecraft, Complex-37, was recently launched for a mission to the surface of the Sun. The main goal of this mission is to study the solar activity that might impact life on Earth. In other words – this is the first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun!

Mission Name: Parker Solar Probe
Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Rocket: Complex-37
Date: August 12, 2018

Rocket Launch as Seen from Space Station

In this short but unique video we can see a Russian rocket launch as seen from a space station!

Mission Objective: deploy supplies to the International Space Station
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Rocket: Soyuz
Date: November 17, 2018

Amazing Night Sky View from Falcon 9 Launch

Jeff Platt from BakersfieldNow has witnessed the Space X Falcon 9 Launch as the rocket striped across the night sky.

Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base
Rocket: Falcon 9
Date: December 22, 2017

Space Shuttle Launch

Space Shuttle is a reusable spacecraft system developed by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to perform cargo transportations to Low Earth Orbit from 1981 to 2011. The system was retired from service after 135 missions with Atlantis making the final landing at the Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011.

Being a part of the NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, their missions consisted of:

  • Conducting science experiments;
  • Servicing and constructing the International Space Station;
  • Launching and servicing satellites and interplanetary probes;
  • Recovering satellites and payloads from orbit back to Earth.

In total, 5 Space Shuttles and one prototype were constructed

Enterprise (OV-101) – was the first space shuttle prototype to perform atmospheric test flights, but not capable of spaceflights. Interestingly, it was originally planned to be named Constitution (to celebrate 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution), but Star Trek fans insisted on naming the vehicle after the television show’s fictional starship and so, the US President, Gerald Ford, has directed NASA officials to rename it to Enterprise.

space shuttle profiles nasa

1. Columbia (OV-102) has become the first operational orbital vehicle with the total of 28 flights made. It was named after the sailing ship of an American sea captain Robert Gray, known for completing the first American circumnavigation of the world. The last flight and Space Shuttle Columbia disaster happened on February 1, 2003, destroying the spacecraft and killing all seven crew members on their way back home.

Space Shuttle Columbia Launch (January 16, 2003)


2. Challenger (OV-099) was the second operational space shuttle system, having performed 10 space flights in total. The name was borrowed from a British Royal Navy corvette ‘HMS Challenger’ used in late 19th century during a global marine research expedition. From April 1983, Challenger has made 9 successful liftoffs and landings before the fatal flight on January 28, 1986, known as Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Space Shuttle Challenger Launch and Explosion


3. Discovery (OV-103) was NASA’s third reusable launch vehicle having performed a total of 39 space flights from 1984 to 2011. The name Discovery was selected to continue the tradition based on ships of exploration, particularly HMS Discovery, commanded by captain James Cook. Having launched a known Hubble Space Telescope in the Low Earth Orbit, Discovery has gathered the most spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

Discovery Space Shuttle Launch (Mission STS-121)

Discovery Space Shuttle Final Launch (STS-133)

4. Atlantis (OV‑104) was the fourth space shuttle orbiter vehicle developed by Rockwell International fulfilling the objectives for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. With the total of 33 flights, Atlantis performed its last landing in July, 2011 being the pre-last space shuttle built.

Atlantis Space Shuttle Launch (STS-129)

Atlantis Space Shuttle Launch (STS-132)

Atlantis Space Shuttle Final Launch (STS-135)

5. Endeavour (OV-105) is a retired orbiter vehicle and is the final operating space shuttle commanded by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The construction of Endeavour was initialized to replace Challenger shuttle after its disaster. The decision was made to build it from spares rather than re-supplying Enterprise prototype. Endeavour performed a total of 25 space flights, with the final mission to the International Space Station in May, 2016.

Endeavour Space Shuttle Launch (STS-99)

Endeavour Space Shuttle Final Launch (STS-134)

Ultimately, here’s TOP 10 Rocket and Space Shuttle launch compilation to amaze you

The vehicles displayed in the video are as follows:

  1. Saturn V (NASA);
  2. Falcon Heavy (SpaceX);
  3. Delta IV Heavy (United Launch Alliance);
  4. Discovery Space Shuttle (NASA);
  5. Proton M (International Launch Services);
  6. Falcon 9 (SpaceX);
  7. Titan IV-B (U.S. Air Force);
  8. Atlas V (ULA);
  9. Japan H2B (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency);
  10. Ariane 5 ES (European Space Agency).

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