space.x.missionx299The successful test of a soft touchdown demonstrates a capability that could cut the cost of space launches significantly.

By Michael Belfiore on April 22, 2014

Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, took a step toward making spaceflight less expensive by reusing its rocket boosters during a mission on Friday to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 rocket used for the mission, dubbed Commercial Resupply-3, or CRS-3, was the first to fly with landing legs, and was the first to successfully perform a controlled ocean splashdown.

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