SpaceX Nailed Its Most Difficult Landing Yet

(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

On Friday morning, May 6, 2016, at 05:21 UTC, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared away from its launch pad in Florida, carrying a Japanese satellite into orbit.

Eight minutes and 40 seconds later, the first stage booster set down on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the third time the company had managed to land a booster after launch, and the second time at sea. …

I think the goal of launching a Dragon V2 on its way to Mars as soon as 2018 is ambitious and may only have a 50/50 chance of happening… but SpaceX is showing that, sometimes, those odds are good enough to bet on. …

bad_astronomy 2016/05/07 spacex

Falcon 9 launch on 2016-05-06-0521 UTC

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