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SpaceX will attempt Falcon 9 landing even though it expects to crash (Update)

by Brandon Russell | February 25, 2016February 25, 2016 11:00 am PDT

SpaceX has been unsuccessful in its attempts to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge, but it’s going to try again anyway later this afternoon at approximately 6:46 EST. The company even admitted a successful landing is unlikely. I guess stay to watch it explode?

The launch is happening at Cape Canaveral, and will see Falcon 9 release a SES9 communications satellite into orbit. Once that happens, it will try to land on a barge floating in the Atlantic Ocean, which is no easy feat. SpaceX has tried to land on a floating barge on numerous occasions but has been unable to stick the landing thus far.

Fittingly, the barge has been named “Of Course I Still Love You,” which will probably be the name of an upcoming Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy.

“Given this mission’s unique GTO profile, a successful landing is not expected,” SpaceX said in a press release. You can watch the entire event unfold live in the video above.

Update: SpaceX has canceled the launch for the second day in a row.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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