Test launch of a hovering rocket successful

Technology that once only existed in science fiction movies is now one step closer to reality.  The company SpaceX recently launched a successful test flight of its "Grasshopper" rocket which can hover in the air and land vertically and very softly instead of breaking up.  In the latest test, Grasshopper rose 131 feet and landed safely on the launch pad 29 seconds later.  Testing of the reusable rocket with successively more sophisticated flights are expected over the next several months.



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