If anyone would come up and say that they want to test landing rockets on a platform, in the middle of the ocean, with difficult wind speeds AND make it land by itself, I would have had a hard time saying yes. Anyone would.
And yet, SpaceX has done just that. And they did it in 5 tries. 5. 5! I needed more tries to learn to ride a bike.
Can you imagine someone working on this project going home for dinner? “How was your day at work honey? …Oh, ok. We just made a rocket autoland on a moving platform”
Even the U.S. President was jealous:
Congrats SpaceX on landing a rocket at sea. It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration.
— President Obama (@POTUS) April 8, 2016
What an incredible day and what an incredible achievement. Enjoy the awesomeness below: