Watch Elon Musk react to successful SpaceX rocket landing for the first time

Shawn Knight

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SpaceX has accomplished a number of landmark achievements since its founding in 2002 although few have been as impactful as what took place exactly one year ago to the day.

On December 21, 2015, SpaceX for the first time successfully landed a Falcon 9 reusable rocket following a mission to deliver 11 commercial satellites into orbit some 500 miles overhead. The historic event aired live via YouTube streaming broadcast, offering viewers an inside look as SpaceX employees watched and ultimately celebrated the landing.

What the stream didn’t show, however, was founder Elon Musk’s reaction.

Turns out, a film crew was following Musk around on that day and that footage has just been released courtesy of National Geographic. As you’ll see, Musk was on the edge of his seat and just as ecstatic as the hundreds of employees we watched celebrate a year ago.

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TS Evangelist
The only reason why footage wasn't released earlier was probably because Musk was still trying to figure out a way to monetize it.


TS Evangelist
We should have done this five hundred years ago if it weren`t for the dark ages.
I worry a little (but not much - science is still very strong - a new technology seems to come out daily) we are about to repeat given all of the vocal anti-science in the world today just because the science doesn't fit one's personal opinion/anecdotes.

There are two advantages we have this time:
  • the first is things are 'in the cloud' and highly replicated, so we won't lose that one parchment that has years of science on it (re., burning the library at Alexandria or Baghdad) so recovery from something politically or socially catastrophic will be much easier for scientists;
  • the second is globalism - the countries with the best science (read: innovation) win the economic and military wars right now.