We have had our fun around here watching Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk try to land his space rockets back on Earth, because he's a real character and we love an underdog story.
For a while there, Elon was trying to land his rockets on his drone boats, which was maybe even a little much for everyone's Bond villain come-to-life. Elon's frustration was likely stoked to an even hotter temperature when fellow tech billionaire, Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos, announced in November that he had landed his own proprietary space rockets back on Earth after reaching orbit.
We know Elon was pissy about that development, because he took to Twitter and wrote some pissy tweets about it. It looked for a moment like Elon was going to lose his presidency of the billionaire space explorers sorority.
Well, good news everyone, Elon finally did it!
At around 8:40 p.m. EST, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket returned to the ground to an uproarious crowd, cheering the safe landing after months of unsuccessful attempts. This was also the first SpaceX flight since July, when a Falcon 9 exploded due to a faulty strut in an upper stage. Since that time, the company has regrouped its efforts into getting the Falcon 9 back in order and continuing work on a vertical landing, which had been accomplished by soft landing at sea, but proved more elusive on attempts on a barge floating in the ocean.
That's right kids, Elon Musk is once again the bro King of Space.
Any comment, Bezos?
OMG you guys, chill OUT. It's, like, Christmas.
SpaceX Completes a Vertical Landing at Cape Canaveral [Popular Mechanics]