The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 10, 2014. It was destroyed later while attempting to land on a floating platform in the Atlantic.(Photo: John Raoux, AP)
SpaceX released video Friday showing the catastrophic end of the 14-story booster rocket that attempted an unprecedented landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean last weekend.
The Falcon 9 crashed and exploded Saturday on the 300-foot-long vessel after successfully launching a capsule full of supplies to the International Space Station. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the rocket crashed because winglets helping to control its descent ran out hydraulic fluid.
"Close, but no cigar this time, " Musk tweeted.
It was the first soft-landing attempt for the rocket, which Musk intends to be reusable. Previous boosters disintegrated after falling into the ocean once they had launced the Dragon resupply capsule.
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