SpaceX Narrowly Misses Rocket Landing at Sea After Launching Satellite

January 17, 2016 8:00 PM

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SpaceX Narrowly Misses Rocket Landing at Sea After Launching Satellite

SpaceX successfully launched a new satellite into orbit to map Earth's oceans today (Jan. 17), but the spaceflight company's bold plan to land a rocket on a robotic ship at sea after the liftoff came up just short, narrowly missing a successful touchdown.

The first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket managed to reach its landing target, an "autonomous spaceport droneship" called "Just Read the Instructions," but apparently came in too hard and toppled over on the deck, company representatives said. The touchdown attempt came during the successful launc...

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