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SpaceX Falcon 9 landing filmed by helicopter in stunning video

by Todd Haselton | December 22, 2015December 22, 2015 11:00 am PST

SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket last night in a major step toward more affordable private space travel.

Falcon 9 launched, flew into space, and then came back to earth and landed. This method of launch saves an incredible amount of money, because instead of launching a rocket and losing it, the owner Рin this case SpaceX Рand put a new payload on the rocket and launch again. One day, this is the way we might send astronauts to space stations, launch satellites and more.

Beyond the incredible engineering scope of such a project is the beauty in which the rocket actually lands itself. We saw that last night, but there’s now an incredible video, filmed by SpaceX, that shows the landing from a helicopter. Watch as Falcon 9 gently puts itself right back on the¬†ground.

Incredible stuff, once reserved for the pages of great science fiction novels.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...