GoPro hitched a ride on a rocket and the video is incredible. Footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,405 feet at speeds as high as Mach 5.5.
As the launch begins, the rocket immediately starts spinning rapidly. This is known as spin-stabilization, a common strategy used for some satellites or rocket launches to control altitude. Like a spinning top, motion about one axis on a rocket can be controlled if it’s spinning fast enough.
At 60 seconds into the flight (1:17 in the video), the mission successfully releases the nose fairing and ejects the 11 pound re-entry capsule known as Maraia.
NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center designed and built the Maraia capsule, which begins to enter the Earth’s atmosphere around the 2:38-minute mark and safely touches down at the end of the video.