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SpaceX lands rocket on ocean-going drone ship

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster on Friday succeeded in descending under engine power to a floating landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

This is a historic development as it is the first-ever rocket landing at sea minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral with a supply ship transporting 3.5 tons of cargo to the International Space Station.

The landing was broadcast live by SpaceX and NASA. It is a significant achievement for the commercial space transportation company owned by Elon Musk. SpaceX's main aim is to make rocket launches less expensive and make human missions to Mars an affordable affair.

Besides the onboard footage, SpaceX has released crisp 4K video of the landing. The company has said that it is not going to be last barge landing as the company has planned more such landings in the future to refine the technique.

SpaceX's aim is to land reusable rocket stages on land and water after trips to space.

Musk appeared highly pleased with the latest attempt and he tweeted a YouTube video that paired landing footage with The Lonely Island's 2009 classic "I'm on a boat."