Strap yourself in space junkies.
SpaceX has released a new up-close and personal video of its groundbreaking Falcon 9 reusable rocket landing on its un-manned droneship.
The video posted to YouTube this weekend is shot with a 360-degree camera, meaning if you view it with a mobile device or VR goggles, you can change your point of view and look up to watch the rocket come down.
It’s the first time a rocket has been able to land after delivering a payload; until now rockets have been single-use, delivering their payloads and dropping stages into the ocean where they are lost.
WATCH: Falcon 9 rocket makes groundbreaking landing
SpaceX founder and billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has pushed the reusable rocket program as a key element to enabling a new space rush, by lowering the astronomical cost of reaching orbit.
“If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space.”
The company’s Dragon capsule has also been instrumental in resupplying the International Space Station, in the absence of the space shuttle or a new capsule from NASA.
SpaceX has also announced an ambitious plan to enter the race for Mars, with a mission “as early soon 2018.”
A successful mission would be a major coup: only the world’s superpowers the USA, the USSR, and the EU have ever successfully landed something on the red planet.