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Watch As SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Lands, Tips Over, And Explodes

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Rollout

SpaceX’s latest attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket on a barge in the ocean failed again last night, exploding spectacularly after an issue with one of the rocket’s leg-locking mechanisms caused it to tip over.

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. But their attempts to land on a platform in the ocean have proved to be a bit trickier:

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, “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 posted a dramatic video to Instagram that shows the incident up close in footage recorded from the platform. It’s worth watching as a demonstration of just how precise the landing needs to be.

A video posted by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on

Needless to say, space is hard.

Zander Chance is a technology nut who is always first in line to try out the latest tech gadgets. He also has been an active affiliate marketer for the past 15 years, and he writes about his adventures in that on his blog.

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