SpaceX Launch Successful, But No Rocket Landing This Time
SpaceX successfully put a satellite into deep space, but the company's quest to successfully land a rocket was thwarted by bad weather.By Kate Grumke | February 11, 2015
SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, carrying a DSCOVR deep space satellite. (Video via NASA)
The satellite will track solar winds and storms, two potential threats to our satellites and electronics. But it was the rocket itself that was supposed to be the most exciting part of the mission.
After the Falcon 9 launched the satellite into space, it was supposed to land safely on an unmanned barge, allowing the company to reuse it. Rockets are usually one-time use, so being able to recover them intact has the potential to save a lot of money.