SpaceX is Elon Musk’s space exploration company which has been trying to launch a rocket for a long time. Their goal is to create reusable rockets so they need to be able to take off and land without crashing, so they can be reused. The hope is that this will make space travel more affordable when it becomes a part of our everyday lives. The Falcon 9 Rocket has been launched a few times before, and both times, it did land successfully, but tipped over, damaging the rocket beyond repair.
The most recent launch had been attempted five times in the same week, but was thwarted due to a few different problems including a boat coming too close to the launch site, and weather. The mission of this unmanned rocket is to place a communications satellite in space, and then return to land on a barge in the ocean. If the landing is successful, it will be the first successful ocean landing for the device.
Elon Musk and the Space X story is a good lesson for anyone in business. It shows us how to fail with grace, see each failing as a learning experience and know that if we try and try again, we may get closer to succeeding. So far no one knows if the rocket was able to stick the landing, but we’re pulling for it!
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