Sep 14, 12:33 PM EDT

SpaceX bloopers video: 'How NOT to land an orbital rocket'



Interactives
50 years of missions to Mars
New Hubble Captures New Images
In retrospect: Race to the moon
Hubble Telescope: A spy on the universe
Preparing for launch after standing down last fall
Lunar Testing in Washington
Landing on Mars
Take a Tour of the International Space Station
Lunar Eclipse Seen Around the World
Documents
NASA Economic Impact Report (March 2008)
Latest News
Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation

SpaceX bloopers video: 'How NOT to land an orbital rocket'

2 Americans, Russian dock with International Space Station

Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage

SpaceX launches Air Force's super-secret minishuttle

Trump pick to head NASA faces fight over climate comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX has put together a bloopers video showing "How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster."

Set to John Philip Sousa's rousing march "The Liberty Bell," the two-minute video posted Thursday shows rockets exploding at sea and over land. The opening blast, from 2013, is even synchronized to the music.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk can afford to poke fun at his early, pioneering efforts at rocket recycling, now that his private company has pulled off 16 successful booster landings. The most recent occurred last week in Florida.

"We messed up a lot before it finally worked, but there's some epic explosion footage," Musk said recently on Twitter.

In one video shot, Musk looks over a rocket's charred remains with the caption: "It's just a scratch." After another huge fiery explosion, this one on the company's barge, the caption reads: "Well, technically, it did land ... just not in one piece."

Musk tweeted Thursday that when the Falcon rocket's upper stage and the cargo enclosure can also be retrieved and reused, launch costs will drop by a factor of more than 100.

For now, SpaceX's first-stage boosters- 15 stories tall - separate shortly after liftoff and fly back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or an ocean platform for a vertical touchdown. Until the company's recovery efforts - unique among rocket makers launching spacecraft into orbit - these segments were discarded at sea. A couple of these recycled rockets already have launched a second time.

The video ends with scenes of the first successful booster touchdown at Cape Canaveral in 2015 and the first one on an ocean platform in 2016.

"The Liberty Bell" march was the theme music for the old "Monty Python" comedy TV series.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.