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This blooper reel from SpaceX's rocket tests is explosively entertaining

This blooper reel from SpaceX's rocket tests is explosively entertaining

It's uplifting, self-deprecating and just about the best way to spend a couple of minutes of your time.

Titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster", the clip is set to a piece of USA military march music called "Liberty Bell" which was composed by John Philip Sousa in 1893 and made famous by Monty Python.

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. SpaceX also launched three missions this year in expendable configuration - which of course means they didn't attempt to land them at all. Some of the reasons mentioned in the video are a sticky throttle valve, running out of hydraulic fluid, engine sensor failure, running out of liquid oxygen and more.

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Not one to rest on his laurels, founder and CEO Elon Musk didn't even finish his celebratory tweet before announcing SpaceX's next big goal. "It's just a scratch". These landings were to be attempted over water, while the first attempt to land on solid ground succeeded on December 21st, 2015. Then, if landing on land, it would flip around then light its engines again, to perform a "boost-back burn" sending the rocket back to Cape Canaveral, guided by Global Positioning System.

The video wraps up with footage of successful landings, so there's a happy ending to look forward to.

SpaceX has perfected the process involving the launch of Falcon 9 rockets, putting satellites in orbit, and recovering the booster, the most important and expensive part. But, like every innovation in history, SpaceX's first attempts weren't exactly an outstanding success. But as SpaceX's video shows, it was a hard and painful path. Musk posted a video Thursday of the crashes of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The landing of flight 23 resulted in the first stable FULL landing at sea in April of 2016.