SpaceX founder Elon Musk is not exactly known for being an emotionally expressive guy.
Musk, when he appears in public, has a pretty laid-back demeanor, but that calm exterior goes out the window in a newly released clip from National Geographic. The nearly four minute video shows Musk watching the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket land back in Florida.
The landing, which happened almost exactly one year ago on Dec. 21, 2015, marked the first time the private spaceflight company has landed a rocket stage back on solid ground.
It was an exciting moment for space nerds everywhere, but Musk in particular can be seen gasping, grimacing and basically just freaking out as he waits to learn the fate of his rocket in the new footage.
In December, Musk said that he initially thought the rocket exploded as it was coming back down to the ground. He mistook the sonic boom of the rocket’s re-entry for the sound of an actual explosion.
The new video bears this out.
Musk looks up and says something to the effect of “this is bad” as he watches the rocket coming back in for its (ultimately smooth) landing.
After watching the booster come down to its pad, Musk runs back inside to check out a video feed showing the booster upright back at the Cape.
“What? Holy smokes, man,” Musk said in the video.
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SOURCE: Mashable, Miriam Kramer