Watching This Falcon 9 Launch Is Like Riding a Rocket as You Would a Horse

Imagine Baron Munchausen riding a cannonball. Replace the cannonball with something that is longer, like say a rocket. Then scroll further down this page and watch the video you find there. This is exactly how one of the world’s biggest liars would have felt doing that.

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company in charge with dreaming about humanity’s future away from this planet, has gotten us used to incredible feats. First, there was the reusable rocket booster, which took off and then landed either on pads or on funky named drone ships in the middle of the Ocean.

Then, we had a red car sent to space, for future generations or alien civilizations to find and wonder “what the hell is it?” And, more recently, we started seeing space launches from entirely new angles.

The video below shows the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket during the late August SAOCOM 1B mission.

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The Best Cheap Gaming PC Deals for September 2020

Even old-school computer enthusiasts have to accept that it’s hard to beat the portability of a laptop in today’s mobile landscape, but when it comes to gaming, even the best 2-in-1 ultrabook or MacBook can’t hold a candle to a proper desktop battle station. It’s much easier and cheaper to cram all that beefy hardware into a full-sized computer tower, and this lets you upgrade any one of your computer’s internal parts (giving you future-proofing that laptops can’t offer). A desktop PC also allows for full-sized monitors, multiple displays, and purpose-built gaming accessories such as keyboards and mice.

Many people assemble their own PCs, and while that’s a fine option, it can be a challenge for the uninitiated and may not save you all that much cash. Unless your time is worthless, why not find a good cheap gaming PC that suits your needs instead? There are plenty waiting to

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What’s next for smartphone camera tech?

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Samsung Semiconductor is one of the most important players in the mobile photography space right now, joining Sony and Omnivision as the three biggest image sensor suppliers in the smartphone industry.

The company is currently riding the multi-camera wave while also upping the ante in a big way with 108MP sensors. So, what’s next for the image sensor firm, and what does it expect to see in 2021? Android Authority interviewed Jinhyun Kwon, VP and head of sensor marketing at Samsung Semiconductor to find out.

Related: The best Android camera phones you can get

Bigger pixels or more megapixels?

Samsung just announced a brand-new line-up of camera sensors, all featuring tiny 0.7 micron pixels and high-resolution sensors. From the 32MP Isocell JD1 to the 108MP Isocell HM2, the latest crop of sensors all embrace more megapixels at the expense of pixel size.

Conversely, the South Korean giant has previously offered

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Best gaming desks for your PC setup

A gaming desk that fits your needs is more vital to your PC setup than you might think — from L-shaped, to motorized, and everything in between, these are our top picks.

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

If gaming on a PC could be distilled down into just two things, the first is that the games you play can be more demanding thanks to its inherent power. (As opposed to, say, laptop or console gaming.) The second though is that you’ll have a pretty overwhelming set of options when it comes to your setup.

The burden of that second thing is on you, and it’s a deterrent for a lot of people who consider getting into the PC gaming space. We can understand

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Nokia 8.3 Review: A PureView Camera in all but Name

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“A wonderful camera and a long-lasting battery make the Nokia 8.3 desirable, and the Android One software updates and 5G make it a safe buy for the future.”

  • Excellent main and ultra-wide cameras
  • Large, attractive screen
  • Android One software
  • Long battery life
  • No water resistance
  • 60Hz refresh rate screen
  • Weak zoom and macro photos

There was once a time when Nokia ruled the phone camera world, but Huawei, Apple, and Samsung have all come along and become better known for amazing cameras since that time. However, with the Nokia 8.3 it has taken some significant steps forward with the help of long-time partner Zeiss, to the point where I think the phone deserved to wear the famous PureView name, traditionally given to its best performing camera-centric phones.

What’s even better is the phone doesn’t cost $1,000, and yet still comes with tech you need for the future, and guaranteed software

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Reusable Chinese Space Craft Lands Returns Earth

The Chinese government has announced the safe return of a reusable spacecraft, called Chongfu Shiyong Shiyan Hangtian Qi (CSSHQ), to Earth, after spending two days in orbit. 

The unmanned spacecraft was launched on Friday, September 4th, 2020, from the Jiuquan Satelite Launch Center in northwest China’s section of the Gobi Desert, before safely returning to its scheduled landing site. The spacecraft’s purpose was reportedly to test reusable technologies that will provide ‘technological support for the peaceful use of space’, although no information about what technologies were tested has been made public. 

Adding to this, no pictures nor information of the spacecraft itself have been released into the press either, although the Chinese government did say that it was launched via a Long March-2F carrier rocket. This makes CSSHQ the 14th mission for the rocket, also used by the Chinese to send astronauts into orbit, as well as its own space

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SpaceX launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina, nails rocket landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched an Earth-observation satellite for Argentina along with two small piggyback satellites today (Aug. 30). 



a body of water with smoke coming out of a lake: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1B Earth-observation radar satellite for Argentina and two small rideshare payloads launches into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 30, 2020.


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SAOCOM 1B Earth-observation radar satellite for Argentina and two small rideshare payloads launches into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 30, 2020.

The trio blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:18 p.m. EDT (2318 GMT). 

A used two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carried the SAOCOM-1B satellite aloft, marking the company’s 15th launch of 2020. Approximately nine minutes after liftoff, the booster’s first stage produced some dramatic sonic booms as it made its way back to terra firma, touching down at SpaceX’s Landing Zone-1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral.   

Related: See the evolution of SpaceX’s rockets in pictures

Today’s flight was the fourth launch for this particular

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Great moments in PC gaming: Going on the defensive in Dawn of War 2

Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2

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Year: 2009
Developer: Relic

The first Dawn of War let me play with armies bigger than I could ever afford when I played Warhammer 40,000 on a ping-pong table with styrofoam hills on it. Every click-and-drag put battalions of troops and entire tank platoons under my command. 

Then Dawn of War 2 came along. On most maps, it gives you four small squads—one of which is just your commander. It takes some getting used to. Thing is, each of those squads is like a character in an RPG. They level up and collect gear and unlock abilities. In most engagements the scouts begin in hiding, decloaking before the heavy weapons focus fire or the assault squad jetpacks over the top or the tactical squad taunts. What

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Polaroid made an instant-film camera for The Mandalorian

Toys were a given. Clothing, backpacks, bedding and even a “The Child on Board” car magnet? Sure, those all fit. I have to say, though, I did not see The Mandalorian Polaroid camera coming, but here we are. The camera is the company’s Polaroid Now model released earlier this year but clad “in colors and textures inspired by the Mandalorian’s armor,” Polaroid says in its announcement. 



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The $120 The Mandalorian Polaroid Now camera (£130, AU$165 converted) is joined by Baby Yoda-inspired i-Type film. Instead of the familiar white frame, the limited-edition film is framed in colors inspired by the show’s palette and also features characters and symbols from the series. The Mandalorian i-Type color film is priced at $18 for an eight-print cartridge. You can also buy a bundle with three packs of film and the

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