Dramatic footage showing the moment a SpaceX booster rocket attempted to land on a floating ocean barge has been released by the company.
The video shows the 14-storey rocket hitting a football-field sized barge at an angle, triggering a fiery explosion off the Florida coast.
The landing attempt, on Saturday last week, came after the Falcon 9 rocket launched supplies to the International Space Station. The first stage of the rocket fell away and flew to the barge.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted: “Close, but no cigar this time.”
He added that the rocket’s legs and engine section were smashed during the impact.SpaceX has been attempting the landings because it wants to save costs by launching reusable rockets.