Dawn’s first light is framed by the open door of the capsule, an image captured by a video camera mounted behind Felix’s seat. The black of night gives way to delicate shades of blue, turning into pale violet above the horizon. Below the horizon, which splits the circular door neatly in two, the earth is still dark. I’ve been watching this exquisite transformation from night to day on one of the big screens from my seat in the back of mission control, where I returned after Felix arrived at the trailer for his suit-up and the pre-launch routine.
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