Landing a rocket on a barge not an easy task

January 20, 2015 12:45 PM

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Landing a rocket on a barge not an easy task

It was expected that SpaceX would be able to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge floating in the ocean, particularly because re-using such costly pieces of equipment could transform space exploration. However, scientists were not much surprised when the recent attempt was not accomplished.

According to physicist Rhett Allain, this is because maneuvering a long skinny rocket with thrusters on the bottom onto a small platform is somewhat like trying to balance a broom on the palm of head.

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