Why SpaceX Is Trying To Land A Rocket On A Barge
SpaceX is trying to land a rocket on a launchpad again. The company hopes the mission will revolutionize spaceflight.By Sebastian Martinez | February 8, 2015
When the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's DSCOVR satellite launches on Sunday afternoon, its mission will go beyond carrying the satellite into space.
After launching the satellite, the rocket will then turn around in space, re-enter the atmosphere and try to make a safe landing on a floating landing pad in the Gulf of Mexico. (Video via SpaceX)
The company is trying to preserve the first stage of the two-stage rocket, which carries nine Merlin engines and their fuel tanks, so it can be re-used in later missions.