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Rocket in 'reusable' test mission fails to land on target

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:

Successful launch for 'reusable' rockets test mission

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 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida Credit: @NASA

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.

The craft will deliver cargo to the International Space Station Credit: SpaceX
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