Watch SpaceX Nearly Land A Rocket On A Barge

They say the line between genius and a multi-million-dollar flaming mess in the Atlantic Ocean is razor-thin.

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The Vine of this afternoon’s attempt SpaceX put out shows what looks like a successful landing — the rocket touches the barge, in the correct orientation, and not going 600 miles an hour. But apparently, the lateral motion on the barge was too much, and the rocket keeled over. Fourth time lucky?

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Eh, I’m not sure. They’re getting closer, but close isn’t “it”. Looking at it, I’m not sure the configuration they have right now will work out. It’s awfully tricky trying to keep a pole upright with that much velocity change — this particular setup doesn’t look to be maximizing the odds very much.