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This article was published on April 15, 2015

Watch SpaceX get incredibly close to successfully landing a rocket on a boat

Watch SpaceX get incredibly close to successfully landing a rocket on a boat
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

This morning’s SpaceX Dragon mission was a resounding success, delivering an espresso machine to the International Space Station for the first time.

Falcon’s first stage landing of its recoverable rocket on the company’s autonomous barge got so close to being a success too, if only it hadn’t toppled just over after landing.

A Vine released by the company shows just how close it came to successfully pulling it off this time around. It lands almost perfectly, then tips right toward the end of the video.

https://vine.co/v/euEpIVegiIx

That’s a notable improvement over last time, when the rocket came down sideways and exploded on impact.

https://vine.co/v/OjqeYWWpVWK

One more attempt and SpaceX might just nail it.