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Forget that movie and all its non-science-based space stuff for a second and check out the actual breakthrough in space travel that happened December 21. SpaceX launched a rocket into space, put 11 satellites into orbit, and then vertically landed the rocket back on earth at Cape Canaveral, FL. As one engineer put it, the insane scale and precision of the operation would be like launching a pencil over the Empire State Building and getting it to land in a shoebox on the other side standing up on its eraser...in a windstorm.

Sources: Space X