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The best thing about the SpaceX rocket landing was the human reaction

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Last night, SpaceX sent a rocket out into space and then landed it back down on Earth, upright and proud, as if it was no big deal. But the people responsible for making that feat happen, SpaceX's scientists and engineers, knew how maddeningly difficult and complex that task was, so when the Falcon 9 rocket touched back down, they exploded in a chorus of joyous cheers. For them, it was a game-winning touchdown, a buzzer-beating three-pointer, and a New Year's celebration all rolled into one. For us, it makes for a really fun video of people going crazy over science. Not even the "USA!" chants could spoil the moment of simple happiness shared by so many.


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