SpaceX landed a rocket on a boat five years ago—it changed everything

How do you launch and land a rocket in the same day? Here’s how. [credit:
SpaceX ]

I was born a mere four months after the final Apollo astronauts brushed gray dust from their spacesuits and lifted off from the Moon. As my interest in space grew over the years, and writing about this industry became my profession, I felt a deepening sense of regret for missing that glorious moment of triumph in our shared space history. I lived with that regret for decades—right up until April 8, 2016.
Five years ago today, SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket first stage on a boat

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