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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Watch SpaceX Attempt a Triple Rocket Landing Tonight

SpaceX will attempt to pull off the world's first successful triple rocket landing during the company's first commercial Falcon Heavy flight mission today (April 10), and you can watch it all live online.

The Falcon Heavy megarocket, the most powerful booster currently in use, is set to launch the Arabsat-6A communications satelliteinto orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT). After liftoff, the huge rocket's two side boosters and central core stage are expected to return to Earth for the triple landing.

"Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy's two side boosters will attempt to land at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida," SpaceX wrote in a mission description. "Falcon Heavy's center core will attempt to land on the 'Of Course I Still Love You' droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean."

You can watch the Falcon Heavy launch live here and on's homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 20 minutes before liftoff. You can also watch the launch directly from SpaceX's webcast page.

The launch window is 6:35 PM to 8:30ish. I'll be watching from atop my 3rd-story deck, a distance of 137 miles from Cape Canaveral, a clear line-of-sight I've used several times before...

What if Pangea had never broken apart? A political approximation, naturally...

When I lived in New Jersey decades ago, we'd go to the Jersey shore using Rt 70 and there would, within an area of that drive and taking only a very few miles, be a fairly dramatic change in the tree complement; a switch from deciduous trees to conifers and from a decomposed slate/clay soil to a sandy soil.

Much of the eastern part of that state derives from a different soil composition than does the rest of the state, as suggested by the map, above...
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