Space travel fans and recyclers are full of admiration for the people at Space-X, who come closer with each attempt to doing something the throw-away generation of the ’60’s didn’t even consider. They’re trying to create a rocket booster that can carry a vehicle to orbit, and then land, vertically, the same way it took off.
To allow some room for error, they built a barge that can float out in the ocean, away from population centers. Smart, but problematic, as it creates a somewhat unsteady surface.
This last time they came quite close to making it work.
I love the slow yielding to gravity at the end, as it gradually becomes clear we are not going to remain vertical.
The fall takes about 7 seconds – just long enough to read three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.
if there is no land
just a barge in the ocean
there is no landing
falling down to earth,
a job anything can do,
gets tricky at last
hold the platform still
and I will stick the dismount
at some other time
practice makes perfect
but first some big explosions
Space X says next time, they’ll try to do the landing where there is actually some land.
When has practice made perfect for you?