Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

  • Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

Last Thursday, SpaceX marked the twelfth consecutive successful landing attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket, and Musk has made a decision to celebrate their progress with the most explosion-filled (and expensive) blooper reel you've likely ever seen.

There were some spectacular failures along the way, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk isn't afraid to relive the lows in a fascinating blooper-reel video. As the footage moves from it bursting into a jagged ball of flames in the sky to Musk surveying the burning debris on the ground, the text says, presumably in his voice: "Rocket is fine?" and then answers the question with: "It's just a scratch".

Like most movies, the SpaceX blooper video ends on a positive note, showing the first successful drone ship landing and first successful pad landing.

But the caption jokes: 'Well, technically, it did land...just not in one piece'.

Who knew a video without explosions could be even more satisfying than one with them? In a follow-up tweet, Musk noted that this is just the start, and going ahead, the company plans to lower its costs by "a factor 100". But since the hard work of the team resulted in success, Musk will surely be proud to share this journey (with a mix of humor) with fans.

There is, for example, a rocket booster landing attempt from August 2014 which failed due to a malfunctioning engine sensor.

Full rocket reusability is an essential part of SpaceX's plans for Mars, too. In that same time, SpaceX has orchestrated 16 successful Falcon 9 first stage landings.

SpaceX, which Musk founded in 2002 specifically with the objective of colonizing Mars, is one of several private and government funded ventures vying to put people and cargo on the red planet and other destinations beyond Earth's orbit.