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A rocket which was part of a mission to test whether space craft could be reused in other launches has failed to hit its mark.
It was hoped the Falcon 9 rocket would land on a special platform floating in the Atlantic.
SpaceX worker Elon Musk tweeted:
Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.
Ship itself is fine. Some of the support equipment on the deck will need to be replaced...
A test mission for 'reusable' rockets has successfully launched and is headed for the International Space Station.
Watch the countdown to the launch here:
The launch was initially scheduled for Tuesday, but was called off with little more than a minute left of the countdown due to a fault during the second phase of the launch.
The Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida this morning, carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft into the sky. It is then due to detatch, and aims to land on a special platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
The aim of the mission is to test whether, if the rocket can return to earth safely after a launch, it could be used again in a subsequent mission.
If so, aerospace firm SpaceX says it could dramatically reduce the cost of space travel.
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