SpaceX, which had tried launching rockets into the orbits and have them land upright thrice but failed, finally achieved a landmark! On Monday, in Cape Canaveral – Florida, a crowd of onlookers was treated to spectacle last witnessed during the Space Shuttle.
The Falcon 9 rocket successfully transported 11 satellites into the orbit and landed safely, making it the second reusable rocket to land safely after a space mission. Of course, Amazon beat Elon Musk in successfully landing a reusable rocket vertically, but the success achieved by SpaceX on Monday was historical and has got the whole world fascinated with the future of space travel.
Ten minutes after launch, the rocket had covered a distance of 200 kilometers (125 miles) and landed safely at a marked spot 10KMs away from the initial launching pad. Celebrations at the SpaceX Headquarters was uncontainable as staff burst into celebration immediately the rocket touched down.
“We could not have asked for a (more) perfect mission, it was (absolutely) perfect, with the booster touching down almost dead center,” – Elon Musk
There was a bit of confusion when the rocket touched down. “A couple of people around me were confused about the sonic booms,” she said. “But then, after the smoke cleared, we saw that rocket standing tall right where it should be.” Writer Amy Lynn, who was at the launch, told IFLScience. The booms made a few think that the landing had failed but once the dust cleared there it was, the Falcon 9 rocket standing vertically.
The invention of re-usable rockets brings the dream of space travel closer to the human race, a dream many only fantasize through high budget movies. There is no better way to usher in The Star Wars: The Force Awakens than with SpaceX’s Mission Completed!