Over spring break, a few of my pals and I got the incredible opportunity to see a SpaceX rocket launch in the distance as we danced to the booming music of Bassnectar at Okeechobee Music Festival 2020. It was really a once in a lifetime experience, and we would’ve completely missed it if a random person hadn’t shouted “Look!” right as the rocket came into view. As I looked up, I saw what initially seemed to be an explosion until I realized that it was the First stage booster rockets separating from the main Dragon spacecraft. The rocket needed the extra boosters in order to get the 4,300 pounds of experiments and supplies off the ground and out of the atmosphere.
All in all, this was a breathtaking feat to witness. I’ve always dreamt of seeing a real rocket in action and my dreams couldn’t have been more fulfilled. Next time, I want to be as close to the rocket as possible so as to fully appreciate the beauty of modern engineering.