SpaceX attempts sci-fi rocket landing in the ocean, achieves sci-fi rocket near-miss in the ocean.

SpaceX attempts sci-fi rocket landing in the ocean, achieves sci-fi rocket near-miss in the ocean.
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What goes up must come down and go up in flames.

The final, probably-explosion-filled seconds are missing from this Vine, but it's amazing nonetheless. This, in case it's not clear, is a rocket several stories tall returning from space and attempting to land vertically on a drone ship in the ocean. It's not quite as jaw-droppingly thrilling as SpaceX's last almost-landing (which nearly took out the camera filming it), but seeing what we had been told was impossible all through the 20th century suddenly become clearly-possible-but-just-not-quite-working-yet is still spectacular.

This is by far the closest SpaceX (or anyone else) has come to success in vertically landing a rocket after sending it into orbit. If they succeed, going to space will become much cheaper. So, you know, like available to the whole top 1%, instead of the top .1% or the top .01% where it is today.

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