SpaceX Test-Fires Recovered Falcon 9

On Thursday, SpaceX conducted a full-duration test-firing of a Falcon 9 rocket. The video doesn't look too special (except that it's a spacecraft strapped to the ground and shooting fire), but this is a first-of-its-kind event, because this particular rocket has already been to space.

This is the so-called first stage of the rocket, which provides the bulk of the thrust to push payloads into space. Until SpaceX came along, rockets' first stages simply splashed back into the ocean after...


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