SpaceX has released stunning footage from a GoPro camera tumbling back to Earth following a recent Falcon 9 launch. The device, fitted in a section of composite fairing that separated from the launch vehicle soon after lift-off, recorded breathtaking views of our planet.

When entire, the composite fairing which housed the GoPro measures 13.1m (43 ft) in height, and 5.2m (17.1 ft) in diameter. It's plunge back towards earth is shown in real-time in the HD video below (accompanied by a soundtrack Kubrick made synonymous with mesmerizing space scenes – The Blue Danube).

A variation of the Falcon 9 rocket will be used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station via the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is scheduled to make its first manned launch some time in 2017.