SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket for an undisclosed federal agency from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a classified payload into low earth orbit. Stage separation and the boostback burn can be seen at the end of the light streak, which occurs before the Falcon's first stage makes its way back for reentry.
Digital, full frame. Original photo's dimensions: 5511 × 3674
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket pushes the EchoStar XXIII satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit 22,300 miles above Earth. The satellite will provide communications services to Brazil. The EchoStarXXIII mission marks the second launch for SpaceX from launchpad 39A in Cape Canaveral.
This photo was taken on 35 millimeter Kodak Ektar 100 film, with an exposure of 3.5 minutes.