SpaceX recently landed the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean, making history in the process. And ever since that landing, the Falcon 9 has been slowly making its way back to the launch complex that SpaceX leases at Kennedy Space Center, where the company will perform tests to see if it's in good enough shape to fly again later this spring.
It appears that journey is now complete. A Kennedy Space Center tour group found itself shoulder-to-shoulder with the rocket this afternoon, and one of the tour-goers shot a quick video of the prone Falcon 9 passing by their bus (seen above). The woman behind the camera even captured the bemused reaction of their tour guide. "They gonna reuse that thing," he can be heard saying with a drawl.
The closeup footage is a fascinating reminder of the enormity of the first stage of Falcon 9, which sometimes gets lost in all the footage and photos that are taken at a distance. But the manner in which it's presented makes it seem almost endless, a lot like the opening scene of the original Star Wars:
Or, better yet, the opening shot of Spaceballs:
(Of course, when something that big is moving that slowly, others are bound to see it, too. So here are a few more clips.)
Update April 19th, 9:37PM ET: Elon Musk tweeted a photo of the newly-returned rocket next to the Falcon 9 that SpaceX landed in December:
By land and sea pic.twitter.com/C5QWfNy99r— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2016