LOS ANGELES and PARIS -- Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the U.S.-European Jason-3 ocean altimetry mission to low Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket Jan. 17, though an attempt to land the vehicle’s core stage on a barge in the Pacific Ocean was unsuccessful. While the rocket booster conducted an on-target approach to the drone ship, which is named “Just Read the Instructions,” SpaceX reported that video images showed one of the stage’s ...


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