VIDEO: SpaceX Booster Rocket Crashes, Explodes On Landing

By  //  January 16, 2015

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crash-landed on barge in Atlantic Ocean

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX released this dramatic footage of its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic, an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster rocket crash-landed on a barge after it lifted off on Jan. 10 with the company’s Dragon vessel carrying 5,000 pounds of supplies to the Space Station.

The plan called for SpaceX to to land the Falcon 9 on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after a cargo load blasted off to the International Space Station.

The Falcon 9 rocket came close, but came down at a 45-degree angle, smashing its legs and engine section and exploding in a fiery crash.