The SpaceX Crew Dragon was lifted into Low Earth Orbit today by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and photographer Camden Thrasher was on hand to document the launch and the atmosphere around it for APEX.

It's undoubtably a triumphant moment for the United States as an American-made rocket lifted American astronauts from Florida's Atlantic coast for the first time in almost a decade. Still, in the shadow of the SpaceX rocket is an America in turmoil; rocked by protests, in the midst of a pandemic, facing a massive economic upheaval. That people ventured out to watch the festivities at all can be seen, from one perspective, as a citizenry anxious for anything to celebrate.

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AIR FORCE ONE PASSING BY THE LAUNCH COMPLEX - CAMDEN THRASHER FOR APEX
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LIFTOFF - CAMDEN THRASHER FOR APEX
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FALCON 9 AND CREW DRAGON LEAVING THE LAUNCH PLATFORM - CAMDEN THRASHER FOR APEX
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A CROWD WATCHING THE LAUNCH - CAMDEN THRASHER FOR APEX
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THE CREW DRAGON FLYING DEEPER INTO THE ATMOSPHERE - CAMDEN THRASHER FOR APEX
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CROWD WATCHING THE LAUNCH - CAMDEN THRASHER FOR APEX
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CROWD WATCHING THE LIVE BROADCAST FROM AN RV - CAMDEN THRASHER FOR APEX