Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

Then he went and did the damn thing.

There were some spectacular failures along the way, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk isn't afraid to relive the lows in a fascinating blooper-reel video. You can see the video here https://phys.org/news/2017-09-spacex-bloopers-video-orbital-rocket.html.

If this whole rocket launching and getting humanity to Mars business doesn't work out, Elon Musk at least has a future in deadpan comedy.

The video fails to show an incident in September 2016, where a SpaceX rocket exploded on the launch pad, destroying a payload that included a satellite belonging to Facebook.

Some of the expensive mishaps featured in the video included an engine sensor failure, resulting in a dramatic mid-air explosion, while another shot showed the leg strut of a rocket collapsing, sending it toppling and bursting into flames.

The video, titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster", is ironically set to John Sousa's uplifting military march Liberty Bell, a tune better known as the theme song to Monty Python's Flying Circus.

I particularly liked the rocket in the video that just tipped over like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

But the caption jokes: 'Well, technically, it did land...just not in one piece'.

These landings were to be attempted over water, while the first attempt to land on solid ground succeeded on December 21st, 2015.

Musk signalled he would be releasing the footage on August 31.

In a tweet sent during the wee hours of the morning today, Musk reiterated his assertion that making the Falcon 9's upper stage (or second-stage) and fairing reusable would make launches 100 times cheaper.

Vanessa Coleman

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