During one of SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 launches, either ferrying cargo the International Space Station or deploying a satellite in orbit (this hasn’t been disclosed yet), a GoPro camera recorded the gentle moments right before the debris entered the planet’s atmosphere. The footage was probably relayed back to Earth in real time, since I doubt it could have survived the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry, when temperatures exceed 1,260 °C (2,300 °F). Nevertheless, the rocket elegantly danced as it slowly rotated around a fixed axis. Of course, the producers dubbed  Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube waltz over the whole film. Now we know what their favorite movies is.

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Image: Youtube/SpaceX

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