This is amazing – they are getting so close to having this amazing vehicle working. Maybe SpaceX will be on the Moon before the planned NASA mission for 2024? OK, rapid unplanned disassembly at the end, but so nearly there. The manoeuvre from horizontal flight to vertical for landing is quite a shock!

Apollo spacecraft

Another excuse to display one of my old models. This is the command module and service module. docked to the lunar module, at the time the service module engine fired to put the spacecraft into lunar orbit.

Moon partial eclipse

I didn’t expect to see this as the forecast earlier in the day predicted cloud. However it cleared allowing me to take photos of the moon low in the southern sky.

Taken at about 2345BST. (1/1000s, f/5.6, 200mm focal length)

It was great today to see the SpaceX Crew Dragon arriving at the International Space Station today (complete with crew dummy “Ripley”). Fantastic to see high resolution images in real time – for those of us who watched low res video of the Apollo program it looks more like a sci-fi movie!