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SpaceX lands first stage

SpaceX lands first stage

December 21, 2015

On this date Space X managed to land the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. It was landed on solid ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

For just the landing start watching 32 minutes into the webcast.

Mars 2 & 3

Mars 2 & 3

May 28, 1971

Launched on May 28, 1971 the two spacecraft arrived at Mars on December 2, 1971. Both craft had Mars landers but only Mars 3 survived the, at the time, ongoing dust storms – making it the first successful landing on Mars. After touching down the lander survived for 20 seconds before failing. The lander also possibly deployed the first ever rover onto the Mars surface.

After several orbits around Mars, Mars 2 & 3 returned 60 images, recorded temperature ranges from -110 to 13 degrees celsius. They also produced surface relief maps and studied the planets gravity and magnetic field.