SpaceX, the private space exploration company backed by Tesla founder Elon Musk, attempted to land a booster rocket back on Earth, but suffered damage in an attempt to land at sea.
A month after sending its Falcon 9 rocket into space in an historic flight, SpaceX tried to land the first stage craft on a barge floating off the Pacific coast of California. The company appeared to achieve its first objective, which was launching its Jason-3 satellite into orbit.
Yet in a series of posts on Twitter, SpaceX said the secondary mission, bringing the Falcon 9 back to Earth upright on a platform, encountered a "hard landing" that appeared to break its landing leg. Musk described the endeavor Musk as 'harder' than expected.
In a post from his personal Twitter account, Musk added that trying to land on a seaborne vessel was "definitely harder" than a conventional space landing, which would take place on dry land.