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Only Elon Musk can make cows fear a Grasshopper

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SpaceX Grasshoppper launch cows
SpaceX Grasshoppper launch cows

Last month, we saw Elon Musk's reusable SpaceX Grasshopper rocket perform its best trick yet: launch skywards, fly 300 feet laterally, then return to the exact spot of its launch, all within 73 seconds. Now, SpaceX has released a new video depicting the lateral launch in context. The zoomed-out video gives a far better view of the precise control SpaceX has over its rocket's movement. As an added bonus, there's even a cameo from a perplexed herd of cows.

While the stunt is certainly impressive, there's still a way to go before the reusable rocket fulfills its actual promise. SpaceX wants to use the technology it's testing with Grasshopper to help move cargo into space. SpaceX is already doing that, but at the moment the rockets it uses aren't reusable, so the integration of this technology will help cut down costs dramatically.