SpaceX Puts Jason-3 In Orbit and Almost Lands First Stage On A Barge

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SpaceX Launches Jason-3

The Jason-3 Satellite was successfully place in orbit today by a Falcon 9. However while that rocket's first stage landed within 1.3 meters of its target on the barge leg #3 did not lock properly.

SpaceX plans to release additional information on this landing attempt shortly. SpaceX made a successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage last month in Florida after several prior and unsuccessful attempts on a barge.

Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will help continue U.S.-European satellite measurements of global ocean height changes.

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