Space X rocket falls and explodes after landing on drone barge

Video of soft touchdown and leg buckling

Posted by SpaceX on Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • Space X, the Elon Musk headed commercial space firm, successfully launched a new ocean satellite on Sunday but failed in its attempt to land the rocket used to propel the satellite into orbit back on Earth.

  • The Falcon 9 rocket hit its target, a drone barge in the Pacific Ocean, but suffered a hard landing and broke its standing leg. 

  • The drone barge is called 'Just Read The Instructions'. 

  • The Jason-3 satellite will measure the variations in sea levels on Earth. +