WATCH: SpaceX Rocket Explodes In Attempt To Land On A Barge
Space is hard.
We were reminded of that yesterday when SpaceX tried to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a barge in the Pacific.
If you remember, SpaceX made history when another Falcon 9 successfully launched a satellite into orbit and then navigated back down to Earth, landing safely on solid ground.
SpaceX had tried once before to land a rocket on a platform in the ocean but that failed pretty spectacularly.
On Sunday, the Falcon 9 delivered a satellite into orbit and it came super close to sticking the landing on water. Here's video:
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explained what happened and added a bit of humor:
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Definitely harder to land on a ship. Similar to an aircraft carrier vs land: much smaller target area, that's also translating & rotating.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2016
However, that was not what prevented it being good. Touchdown speed was ok, but a leg lockout didn't latch, so it tipped over after landing.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2016
Well, at least the pieces were bigger this time! Won't be last RUD, but am optimistic about upcoming ship landing. pic.twitter.com/w007TccANJ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2016