SpaceX’s first reusable rocket to change space flights. 5th mission set for Jan. 6

January 1, 2015 8:57 PM

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On January 6, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) will launch a critical supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), but just as important as what is going up is what’ll come down. SpaceX will send a remotely piloted space capsule to the ISS with food and experiments. But the bigger news is that the company will attempt to fly the rocket that carries the capsule into orbit back to earth and land it on a floating platform on the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX, is preparing to launch a rocket into space, and then bring the rocket's first stage back for a proper landing. If successful, SpaceX's bold test could soon lead to cheaper, fully reusable rockets that make space flights not quite so financially challenging.

It's a feat that has never been attempted -- and even SpaceX has doubts it can pull it off: "The odds of success are not great -- perhaps 50% at best," the company wrote on its website. "However, this test represents the first in a series of similar tests that will ultimately deliver a fully reusabl...

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