“Technically it did land... but not in one piece.” Elon Musk has posted a long-awaited blooper reel of SpaceX’s failed orbital rocket booster which features plenty of explosions and fire. The tongue-in-cheek video is set to Sousa’s Liberty Bell (more popularly known as the Monty Python theme song) and shows a range of rockets falling over, crashing, and exploding throughout the past few years. One sequence shows a burnt out rocket with the caption, “it’s just a scratch.”
The video is captioned with reasons for each failed episode, which includes running out of hydraulic fluid, running out of liquid oxygen, a sticky throttle valve, and engine sensor failure among them. If you’re into explosions and space, it’s a really great video which shows just how much work and effort is put into developing rockets, only to have them explode into a fiery mess.
Meanwhile, SpaceX has been successfully landing its Falcon 9 rockets for more than a year, but getting there involved many explosions, and some of those are pretty spectacular.