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Watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explode on impact

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes

Is it just me, or have we had a whole lot of space-related disasters recently? Last Saturday, SpaceX contributed to the growing list when its Falcon 9 rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid shortly before landing on a barge in the middle of the ocean. The rocket proceeded to smash into the barge at a 45-degree angle, at which point the residual fuel and oxygen combined, causing an enormous explosion.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk live-tweeted the event, but said that his team wasn’t able to capture a good video of the impact. Thankfully, he was wrong:

After tweeting a few photos from his personal account, the official SpaceX Twitter published this short clip on Vine. Despite looking like a catastrophe, the ship itself is fine. It’ll just need some of its equipment replaced before another launch can be attempted.

All things considered, SpaceX considers this to be a success. In the original blog post from December 16th, the team noted that the odds of success weren’t great, “perhaps 50% at best.” The fact that the ship made it to its target is a good sign for future launches (with more hydraulic fluid).

“Next rocket landing on drone ship in 2 to 3 weeks with way more hydraulic fluid,” Musk tweeted on Friday, shortly after the Vine was published. “At least it [should] explode for a [different] reason.”

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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