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SpaceX makes a hard landing in second attempt at reusing rocket
Well, it landed.
Today in its second attempt to forge ahead into a crazy-like-a-fox future of space flight, SpaceX attempted to land a first-stage rocket back on Earth after sending it heavenward. While SpaceX succeeded in hitting its target—a floating drone barge off the coast of Florida, the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket again landed hard enough to render it unusable the next time around.
Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2015
The first report out of the launch bubbled up on Twitter, painting a vivid mental image of how that whole hitting a literal moving target with a 200-foot-tall rocket thing went down.
While no footage of the rocket’s crash-ish landing had made it online yet, SpaceX appears to have avoided the issues that plagued the rocket’s fins and fine-tuned positioning the first time around, resulting in a not-yet-soft but more upright—and perhaps less Vine-worthy—landing.
Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft appears to be doing just fine on its critical mission to caffeinate the International Space Station.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to provide additional clarity and context.
Photo via SpaceX
Taylor Hatmaker has reported on the tech industry for nearly a decade, covering privacy and government. Most recently, she was the Debug editor of the Daily Dot. Prior to that, she was a staff writer and deputy editor at ReadWrite, a tech and business reporter for Yahoo News, and the senior editor of Tecca. Her editorial interests include censorship, digital activism, LGBTQ issues, and futurist consumer tech.