Yesterday's failed attempt by SpaceX to land Falcon9 on a sea barge marked another setback in the company's attempt to build a reusable rocket. But a newly released video shows just how close the rocket came to making a successful landing. They're definitely getting closer.
SpaceX has released a new video of last month's remarkable Grasshopper test flight in which the reusable rocket performed an incredible 300-foot lateral maneuver. The zoomed-out view puts the feat into better perspective — while also showing how effective the rocket is at terrifying the local livestock.
NASA is currently working on a vertical landing system. And as you'll see in this video, it's anything but impressive — especially when considering that it fails in the first part of the video, that it's the 24th test, and the damn thing was tethered. Meanwhile, SpaceX is hopping rockets to a height of 820 feet.
You don't? Holy crap, have we got some glorious found footage for you. Featured up top is one in a series of vintage PSAs commissioned in the early 80s by the U.S. Space Foundation to "inform people about the many tangible benefits of NASA's space program." Today, NASA refers to these "down-to-Earth" benefits as…