SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the classified NROL-76 spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on May 1, 2017.
Up Close and Personal
A zoomed in shot of the Falcon 9’s first stage as it fires its Merlin engines.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket booster
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket booster comes in for a pinpoint touchdown at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida after successfully launching the classified NROL-76 satellite into orbit on May 1, 2017.
SpaceX Falcon 9 booster lands
A view of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster after its successful landing following the smooth launch of the classified NROL-76 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office on May 1, 2017.
NROL-76 Spy Satellite Moved to Launch Pad
Credit: U.S. National Reconnaissance Office
The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office’s classified NROL-76 spy satellite, shrouded in its protective payload fairing, is moved to the launch pad to be connected to its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ahead of a May 1 launch from Pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.