The launch as seen from my backyard in Viera, Florida.
This was the first time for a couple of things for SpaceX. It was the first time that they launched at the earliest T-0 available in the launch window, and it was the first time they lost an engine early in the flight (but still made it to their “optimal” orbit it should be noted) proving out the redundancy of the system.
Another first that I’m sure SpaceX could do without: Now they get to experience their first NASA investigation to determine what, why and how the failure took place.
Geek Stuff: Nikon D700, Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 @ 17mm, ISO 200. Cropped and ’shopped in Lightroom 4