SpaceX Flubs Ocean Landing Attempt After Successful Liftoff

January 18, 2016 5:03 AM

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Sunday to put a climate-monitoring satellite into orbit, then turned around and botched an attempted landing on a platform at sea, officials said.

The first stage of the rocket made it back to the platform, which was floating in the Pacific Ocean, but it apparently landed too hard and broke one of its landing legs, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX wrote on Twitter. The 22-story tall rocket lifted off through thick fog from Vandenberg...

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