SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Nearly Sticks Landing, But Topples And Blows Up In Fiery Explosion
A month ago, Elon Musk’s 23-storey-tall SpaceX Falcon 9 craft made history by successfully landing vertically at a launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, things did not go as swimmingly in SpaceX’s latest mission.
On Sunday at 1:42 p.m. EST, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched and then successfully completed its primary mission to deliver the Jason-3 oceanographic satellite into orbit. The secondary objective was to land on a robotic platform parked in the Pacific Ocean. This feat has been unfruitful in the past, with a crash-landing last January and in April. Would this time be different?