Relive the Glory of the Falcon 9 Landing with SpaceX's Recap Video

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 - 1:24PM
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 - 1:24PM
Relive the Glory of the Falcon 9 Landing with SpaceX's Recap Video
The Falcon has landed! Relive the triumphant vertical landing of a Falcon 9 rocket with a three-minute recap video from SpaceX:



The video follows the SpaceX launch from the command center waiting on tenterhooks, to footage from the launch, to footage from the landing pad, to the rapturous celebration afterwards. It's a pretty slick promotion tool, and almost comes off as a mini Martian/Apollo 13 "triumph of the human spirit" space movie, complete with lots of cheering, fist-pumping, and a dramatic countdown that adheres to the beat of the background music: "Absolution Calling" by Incubus, hilariously. 

But they kind of deserve a victory lap, because the Falcon 9 landing was such a historic, groundbreaking event. On December 21, the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, traveled 125 miles into space, and then returned to land approximately 6 miles from the launch pad. The mission was considered to be a complete success. While Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket technically pulled off the same feat earlier last year, SpaceX's trick was achieved with a much larger rocket, essentially making re-usable rockets a reality and greatly diminishing the costs of space travel and ISS resupply missions.

Here is the full video of the launch:



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