SpaceX workers rinse one of the Falcon 9 landing legs during post-flight processing of booster B1049.4. Photo Credit: Theresa Cross, SpaceFlight Insider
SpaceX’s B1049.4 returned to Port Canaveral January 9, 2020 after the completion of its fourth flown mission, delivering the third set of Starlink satellites into low-Earth-orbit (LEO). This Spacex’s first launch supported by the newly-created U.S. Space Force and its forty-eighth successful booster recovery.
Technicians worked on the octograbber (and legs) as she sailed into port shepherded by the tugs, The Hawk, Christine S, Eagle and Florida.
Falcon 9 first stage B1049.4 arrived in Port Canaveral late Thursday afternoon, aboard “Of Course I Still Love You”. Photo Credit: Theresa Cross / SpaceFlight Insider
After docking, work continued into early Thursday evening in order to secure the “Of Course I Still Love” autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS), ahead of shore work to prepare the booster for transport to SpaceX facilities progressing through Friday and Saturday.
Theresa Cross grew up on the Space Coast. It’s only natural that she would develop a passion for anything “Space” and its exploration. During these formative years, she also discovered that she possessed a talent and love for defining the unique quirks and intricacies that exist in mankind, nature, and machines. Hailing from a family of photographers—including her father and her son, Theresa herself started documenting her world through pictures at a very early age. As an adult, she now exhibits an innate photographic ability to combine what appeals to her heart and her love of technology to deliver a diversified approach to her work and artistic presentations. Theresa has a background in water chemistry, fluid dynamics, and industrial utility.
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