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SpaceX attempts to land a rocket tomorrow

Exciting news if you’re a rocket fan – SpaceX are tomorrow launching their CRS-5 mission to the ISS. What’s special about this mission is that the first stage of their Falcon-9 rocket is fitted with landing legs, and will attempt to fly back and land on this ocean-going barge:


Liftoff is at January 6 11:20 UTC / 6:20 EST, and can be viewed live at They get a one-second (!) launch window, so it will either go, or get scrubbed. Here’s hoping they go. I don’t think there’ll be live coverage of the landing – we’ll probably find out how that went a day or so later.

Oh, and in other news, I’m now 80K words into the first draft of The Seasoning. Unfortunately I’m back at my day job today after 2 weeks holiday, so the pace will slow some.