Private firm SpaceX launches 11 satellites, makes vertical earth landing

California company SpaceX, after many successes -and some spectacular failures- hit a home run this week:

  • Successful launch carrying 11 satellites
  • Vertical landing of a returning spacecraft to earth (reusability)
  • One of lowest cost missions ever

 

WATCH mission video:

Employee reactions:

http://www.spacex.com/falcon9

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DECEMBER 21, 2015

BACKGROUND ON TONIGHT’S LAUNCH

A lot about how things work in space is counter-intuitive, as all of our intuition is gained from daily experiences where the air is thick, gravity doesn’t seem to change and movement is relatively slow.

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