The International Space Station is set to be resupplied on Monday by a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched earlier today at Cape Canaveral. Unfortunately, SpaceX's secondary objective -- landing its experimental reusable F9 rocket on a sea platform -- was less successful. SpaceX CEO (and Big Think expert) Elon Musk explained that his company got "close, but no cigar."

One of the most expensive aspects of space travel is that hardly any of the materials used to launch rockets -- including the rockets themselves -- get reused. SpaceX is trying to change that by developing the capability to recycle rockets after each launch. To do this, the rockets must be able to land themselves back on the ground. Musk had given today's experimental landing 50-50 odds so no one is too shocked to see that more work still has to be done. That there's such a short turnaround between tests means that this temporary hiccup could be ancient history as soon as a month from now.

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