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

SpaceX landing rocket failure

Those attempts are now available to recap in full in one convenient fail video, created by SpaceX, which provides an incredible look at the price of progress when it comes to rocket science.

It's uplifting, self-deprecating and just about the best way to spend a couple of minutes of your time. The score - the jaunty choice of John Philip Sousa's The Liberty Bell, which keen-eared comedy fans will recognize as the Monty Python theme song - is a nice touch.

SpaceX has now managed to land a total of 16 Falcon 9 first stage orbital boosters, and it's been a while since it lost one in the attempt.

Another failed landing is captioned: "Well, technically, it did land... just not in one piece".

The booster gets tantalising close to an upright landing, but then tips over and explodes. That was SpaceX flight 20 of the Falcon 9 rocket version Orbcomm OG2 M2.




There is also a reference to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with a quote from the play overlaid on an explosion from March 2016, caused by the failure of the landing burn.

'The course of true love never did run smooth, ' a video caption reads. It's where the majority of the engines are found - in the case of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, there are nine engines in that first stage.

'You are my everything, ' the SpaceX video states.

In one video shot, Musk looks over a rocket's charred remains with the caption: "It's just a scratch". While these explosions destroyed the first stage rocket - and since rocket landings were always considered a secondary mission - the overall missions these rockets flew were a success.

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