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SpaceX Falcon mission blasts off from Florida

  • An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off on Saturday to deliver a cargo capsule to the International Space Station, but narrowly failed a novel test to land itself on a platform in the ocean.
  • The returning rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid to operate its steerable fins, Musk wrote later. “Upcoming flight already has 50 percent more hydraulic fluid, so should have plenty of margin for landing attempt next month,” he added.
  • SpaceX’s idea is to fly its rockets back to the launch site and touch down on landing legs. Saturday’s test was the first time a Falcon 9 rocket attempted the touchdown on a platform in the ocean, away from populated areas.

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