SpaceX’s first attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket back on Earth after a launch failed when the 14-story-tall structure ran out of hydraulic fluid and touched down too hard. The startup did, however, accomplish the tricky maneuver of positioning the rocket for the landing over a platform floating off the coast of Florida.
SpaceX will attempt the landing again after its next launch. The rocket will carry at least 50 percent more hydraulic fluid. If the landing succeeds, it could usher in an era of much cheaper spaceflight thanks to more reusable rocket parts.
The Falcon 9 rocket, and…
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