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Elon Musk and SpaceX has done it. Land a rocket back onto a launch pad vertically. No more capsules falling into the ocean and being retrieved......which is more costly. Besoz and Amazon had dine this previously but Musk was at a grander scale.


NASA couldn't even do this.....lol

It takes private sector companies to BOOST this industry.


Yaaaay for science and technology !!!


Read here:


SpaceX Rocket In Historic Vertical Landing

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Last Updated 23:43 21/12/2015

SpaceX has landed its rocket vertically back on Earth after sending satellites into orbit - marking a major step forward in developing cheaper, more accessible space travel.


Three previous attempts to land on a platform at sea had failed, with the June flight exploding on its way to re-supply the International Space Station.


SpaceX workers cheered, jumped in the air and hugged each other as the 15-storey Falcon 9 rocket touched down at Florida's Cape Canaveral.


The first-stage booster landed on a giant X after successfully sending 11 satellites into orbit for US telecoms company OrbComm.


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The landing - 10 minutes after lift-off - was six miles away on a reinforced concrete surface.


"The Falcon has landed," SpaceX TV commentators announced.


"This has been a wildly successful return to flight for SpaceX," said one commentator. "We made history today."


SpaceX is run by Elon Musk - the billionaire founder of Tesla electric cars.


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He hopes to dramatically reduce launch costs by reusing rockets, something that could revolutionise space travel, open it up to more people and make its pioneers a lot of money.


Currently, rocket boosters are jettisoned after a couple of minutes and land in the sea where they are recovered and eventually refurbished - a costly and time-consuming process.


Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, successfully landed a suborbital rocket last month in Texas.


The rival billionaire cheekily tweeted: "Congrats @SpaceX on landing Falcon's suborbital booster stage. Welcome to the club!"


However, Musk's Space X booster was much larger, faster and more powerful to allow it to enter orbit.

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