SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launches Jason-3(11 images)

Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will help continue U.S.-European satellite measurements of global ocean height changes.

First stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket attempts a landing aboard the spaceport drone ship "Just Read the Instructions" on January 17, 2016. A lockout collet failed to latch on one the four legs, causing it to tip over post landing. The rocket was returning from having lifted the Jason-3 spacecraft into orbit. Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will help continue U.S.-European satellite measurements of global ocean height changes. Photo by SpaceX/UPI | License Photo
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