Lowcountry viewers send photos, video of SpaceX launch


ByPatrick Phillips|April 23, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT - Updated April 23 at 1:35 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Viewers across the Lowcountry captured images of the SpaceX rocket streaking across the sky minutes after its launch from Cape Canaveral.

The 5:49 a.m. launch provided a dramatic lightshow before sunrise.

The launch sent four astronauts into orbit in a recycled rocket and capsule, a historic first for NASA.

Spacecraft Commander Shane Kimbrough and astronaut Megan McArthur were joined by Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and France’s Thomas Pesquet, the first European to launch in a commercial crew capsule.

The astronauts from the U.S., Japan and France should reach the International Space Station early Saturday morning, following a 23-hour ride in the same Dragon capsule used by SpaceX’s debut crew last May.

They’ll spend six months at the orbiting lab.

You can see submitted photos and video by clicking on one of the boxes below.

Did you take a photo or record footage of the SpaceX rocket passing overhead this morning? If so, we’d love to see it. Send us yours here.

Photo: Tony Thomas, Jr. captured this image of the SpaceX rocket seen from Foxbank Plantation in Moncks Corner. (Source: Tony Thomas, Jr.)Tony Thomas, Jr. captured this image of the SpaceX rocket seen from Foxbank Plantation in Moncks Corner. (Source: Tony Thomas, Jr.)

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