SpaceX ‘soft-lands’ rocket back on earth for first time ever

London, April 26: A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has achieved a space breakthrough by successfully soft-landing a Falcon-9 rocket.

The US company, which used the engines of the rocket to slow its fall, deployed a set of legs to make a “soft landing”, the BBC reported.

The vehicle, which was launched from Cape Canaveral, had a stage that was vertical and had zero velocity on contact.

SpaceX’s chief designer Elon Musk said that no-one has ever soft-landed a liquid-rocket boost-stage before and he thinks this bodes well for achieving reusability. (ANI)