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(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — The moment when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket crash-landed on a barge last weekend was captured on video that the company shared Friday on Twitter.

The plan was for SpaceX to try and recycle the rocket for use by landing it on a barge shortly after a cargo load blasted off to the International Space Station.

The video shows just how close the Falcon 9 came. However, it landed hard at a 45-degree angle, smashing its legs and engine section, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Close, but no cigar. This time. https://t.co/JowUE6a1D7

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 16, 2015

Having the ability to recycle rockets is something Musk has said will “revolutionize access to space.”

“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,” he said.

The SpaceX mission to the ISS lifted off on Jan. 10 with the company’s Dragon vessel carrying 5,000 pounds of supplies and goodies for the astronauts.

The plan was for the Falcon 9 rocket to fall back down to Earth, then make a pinpoint landing on a barge. Musk said before the test that it was a 50-50 chance it would be successful.

In a series of tweets, he explained what went wrong as Falcon 9 attempted the tricky maneuver.

@ID_AA_Carmack Before impact, fins lose power and go hardover. Engines fights to restore, but … pic.twitter.com/94VDi7IEHS

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2015

@ID_AA_Carmack Rocket hits hard at ~45 deg angle, smashing legs and engine section pic.twitter.com/PnzHHluJfG

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2015

@ID_AA_Carmack Residual fuel and oxygen combine pic.twitter.com/5k07SP8M9n

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2015

@ID_AA_Carmack Full RUD (rapid unscheduled disassembly) event. Ship is fine minor repairs. Exciting day! pic.twitter.com/tIEctHFKHG

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2015

The day wasn’t an entire bust, however. The launch marked Dragon’s fifth supply trip to the space station, filling in the gap for NASA with cargo deliveries that were slowed down when the agency’s space shuttle program ended.

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