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SpaceX successfully lands a rocket on a drone ship

On Sunday, Elon Musk’s space company launched a satellite into space, then landed the Falcon 9 rocket from the Florida coast onto a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the sixth time that it has managed to safely return a vehicle back to Earth. This mission was particularly difficult, SpaceX explained to the press, … Continue reading “SpaceX successfully lands a rocket on a drone ship”

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On Sunday, Elon Musk’s space company launched a satellite into space, then landed the Falcon 9 rocket from the Florida coast onto a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the sixth time that it has managed to safely return a vehicle back to Earth.

This mission was particularly difficult, SpaceX explained to the press, because the rocket needed to launch the satellite to a distance of 22,000 miles, subjecting it to extreme  velocities and heating upon its re-entry to Earth.  

The success of the mission bodes well for the company, which is committed to reusing rockets, thereby reducing costs. 

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Here’s the webcast of the launch:

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Elizabeth Segran, Ph.D., is a senior staff writer at Fast Company. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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