SpaceX Sticks a Rocket Landing at Sea in Historic First

April 8, 2016 9:33 PM

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SpaceX Sticks a Rocket Landing at Sea in Historic First

In a dramatic feat of engineering prowess, the private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully landed a reusable Falcon 9 rocket booster today — the second such landing for the company, and the first successful touchdown on a ship.

This was the fifth attempt in 15 months by SpaceX to land one of its rocket boosters on a drone ship; in each of the previous four tries, the rocket reached the ship successfully, but failed to stick the landing.

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