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Lincolnshire’s view of the SpaceX launch

Lincolnshire witnessed history with Saturday’s SpaceX launch

By Local Democracy Reporter

Hundreds of people watched the skies of Lincolnshire to catch a glimpse of the delayed SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on Saturday.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX company embarked on the mission over the weekend after bad weather delayed the initial flight on Wednesday.

It was the first crewed space mission from the USA since 2011, and the first privately run launch ever.

Plenty of you sent in photos and videos of the rocket flying over your house, including this one from James Mellor.

The Falcon 9 rocket, manned by Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, launched at 8.30pm UK time and could be seen on two separate occasions.

It passed over the UK around 15 minutes after launch, before another lap around Earth saw it become visible once more at near to 10.15pm.

The Falcon 9 rocket captured flying over Timberland. Photo: Canon in the Country Photography

The astronauts have entered the International Space Station on Sunday, on what was a successful voyage for Elon Musk and his company.

Here it is flying over the Redhouse Farm B&B in Whisby. Photo: Karen Underwood

This demonstration by SpaceX is expected to be the beginning of a new era for NASA, as they begin to buy transport services directly from commercial sectors.