Elon Musk just tweeted some bad news about SpaceX's historic rocket landing attempt -- but added a silver lining

On Friday evening, SpaceX saw the second successful launch of the year out of its launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida

The launch marked the start of two different missions:

  1. Ferry the SES-9 communications satellite into Earth’s orbit.
  2. Land a rocket on board an ocean platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

While the first mission was a wonderful success, the second was decidedly not.

Shortly after the launch, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the rocket took a hard landing on the ship, meaning that it came in too fast and, in all probability, exploded on the platform.

However, Musk also offered a thread of hope:

Landing rockets isn’t just a fancy stunt for SpaceX. It’s a critical goal that will prove whether or not the company can re-use the same rocket for different launches and save itself the cost of building a new mult-million dollar rocket for each mission.

If reusable rockets prove a viable approach to spaceflight, the cost of a single launch could be drastically reduced.

While this is a missed opportunity to prove the revolutionary reusability of its Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX — as Musk mentioned — is not surprised by this outcome.

What’s more, there’s hope for a more successful landing with¬†SpaceX’s next launch, which is scheduled for a yet-to-be-announced day this April.¬†

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