Watch for historic SpaceX rocket launch this weekend

July 10, 2014 – 03:19 pm

Photo courtesy SpaceXWe mostly get shooting rockets into space. Successfully landing a rocket so that it can turn around and make another trip is a little trickier.

SpaceX will make a third attempt at landing one of its Falcon 9 rockets Sunday after a 10:21 a.m. liftoff from Cape Canaveral.

This January attempt below didn’t go so well.

NASA said today that the launch is a 90-percent go for Sunday with forecasters predicting favorable weather. NASA will begin live streaming the launch at 9 a.m. here.

The rocket will be loaded with supplies and science experiments for the International Space Station. It’s the seventh such delivery to the station.

But this go around, SpaceX is hoping to successfully stick a landing that will allow the rocket to be rapidly reused _ a move that will drastically reduce the cost of space travel, according to the SpaceX website.

This April attempt looks a little closer.

“The Space Shuttle was technically reusable, but its giant fuel tank was discarded after each launch, and its side boosters parachuted into corrosive salt water every flight, beginning a long and involved process of retrieval and reprocessing, ” a press release on the SpaceX website says. “This contributed to the system not being fully or rapidly reusable, which are key requirements in lowering the cost of spaceflight. So, what if we could mitigate those factors by landing rockets gently and precisely on land?”


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