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SpaceX rocket stage in 'soft landing'

25 April 2014

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SpaceX says its recent experiment to return part of its Falcon-9 rocket back to Earth under control was a success.

The US company has confirmed that the first-stage of the vehicle launched from Cape Canaveral a week ago used its engines to slow its fall, deployed a set of legs and made a "soft landing".

For safety reasons, the touchdown was actually commanded to take place east of the Cape, far out at sea.

Nonetheless, the stage was vertical and had zero velocity on contact.

Potentially, the experiment has enormous significance for the space industry.

Source: BBC News

Image credit: SpaceX - Concept of returning rocket stage landing

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