Camera Captures Fall to Earth From SpaceX Rocket

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A GoPro camera's view as it falls to Earth from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX

What does it look like to fall to Earth from a rocket that's just entered orbit? Well, now you can see for yourself.

SpaceX attached a GoPro camera to the nose cone of one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets, which are used to ferry cargo to the International Space Station and launch satellites into orbit, and released part of the resulting video this weekend. The heavenly scenery is accompanied by Johann Strauss's "The Blue Danube" waltz, composed in 1866.

Falcon 9 rockets are built to be reusable (except for nose cones and other so-called "fairings," materials that sheathe the craft, which fall into the ocean during launch). SpaceX hasn't yet reused one of the rockets, but has come close; in April, Elon Musk's company nearly landed a rocket on a barge before it tipped over. Reusing such rockets could significantly reduce the cost of space travel, as Vox reports.

While we're on the subject of GoPro's, here's an even more astonishing video of a camera falling from an airplane, before being discovered by a pig.