It's uplifting, self-deprecating and just about the best way to spend a couple of minutes of your time. Since its first successful Falcon 9 landing in December 2015, SpaceX has only crashed three of the rockets that it meant to land, and the California-based spaceflight company hasn't lost a first stage in an attempted landing since June 2016.
Along with each clip is a caption explaining why the landing failed.
Elon Musk himself posted this to Instagram and Twitter, as the SpaceX CEO continues to celebrate the failures that lead to eventual success. After another huge fiery explosion, this one on the company's barge, the caption reads: "Well, technically, it did land. just not in one piece". These landings were to be attempted over water, while the first attempt to land on solid ground succeeded on December 21st, 2015.
The video ends with the first successful pad landing and first successful droneship landing so we don't finish with a bad taste in our mouths. Since then, the Falcon 9 has been flying at a breakneck pace (13 missions), and has landed its booster successfully in 10 consecutive attempts, including several with recycled boosters. Said by Lysander to Hermia, the line goes: "The course of true love never did run smooth". The rocket fail greatest hits video shows humility and instructs those who think everything Musk touches turns immediately to gold. It's where the majority of the engines are found - in the case of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, there are nine engines in that first stage. The landing of flight 23 resulted in the first stable FULL landing at sea in April of 2016.