SpaceX Rocket Landing: What Went Wrong
SpaceX’s third attempt to land a rocket on a barge failed after a landing leg broke and it tipped over, but the lessons learned from the landing may help Elon Musk and his team edge closer to realizing their goal of reusing rockets.
The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:42 p.m. ET Sunday, carrying the Jason-3, a NASA and NOAA satellite designed to measure the surface of the world’s oceans.
Everything appeared to go according to plan until the moment the rocket landed on the droneship. Video of the landing, which occurred 200 miles off the coast of California, shows the Falcon 9 upright for a moment before it tips over and explodes.
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