Watch SpaceX’s net-wielding boat slowly catch a rocket nose cone falling from the sky

Coming in for the catch. | Image: SpaceX/Elon Musk

Last night, SpaceX successfully caught half of the nose cone of its Falcon 9 rocket for a second time, and we finally got some footage of the (very slow) save at sea. The video of the catch, shared by CEO Elon Musk, shows the nose cone, or payload fairing, leisurely falling into a net attached to one of SpaceX’s boats named Ms. Tree. Yes, you read that sentence correctly.
SpaceX has been on a quest to catch its fairings for the last year and a half. These bulbous structures surround whatever payload or satellite the Falcon 9 rocket is carrying, acting as a shield during each launch. Typically, they break in half in space and just fall back to Earth, never to be recovered. But Musk has never been content to simply throw things away,…

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