Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

Gwen Vasquez
September 14, 2017

We get some never before seen looks at all the ways the Falcon 9 first stage landing process went wrong before it started going so right, both at land and at sea aboard SpaceX's floating autonomous landing vessels. One sequence shows a burnt out rocket with the caption, "it's just a scratch".

Set to the boisterous tones of the "Liberty Bell" which many of us will know more commonly as the theme music to Monty Python's Flying Circus. Of course, Musk and Co. have to work out a few kinks with its Falcon 9 rocket first.

SpaceX released a video "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster", that's both hilariously very bad and awe-inspiring.

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. It was first successfully launched on April 8, 2016, for Falcon 9 flight 23 carrying with it a Dragon Spacecraft headed to the ISS.

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Like most movies, the SpaceX blooper video ends on a positive note, showing the first successful drone ship landing and first successful pad landing.

In a 2005 interview, Musk said, "Failure is an option here", and, "If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough". Imagine if the landings were still turning into explosions; then such a video would have come from someone else, maybe even a rival. Payload delivery. Transportation to Mars with the goal of colonization.

In an Instagram post Thursday, the SpaceX chief executive described the "sordid history" of orbital rocket Falcon 9.

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