This video shows SpaceX perfectly catch a piece of its rocket as it falls from space - Fri 9 Aug 16:14 GMT

On Tuesday, 6 August, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. After the successful launch, Elon Musk tweeted a video that got even more social media attention than the launch itself. The video

  The video shows a SpaceX ship catching the rocket’s fairing as it falls from space, and it’s a perfect catch!

  catching the rocket’s fairing into a net.

  TechCrunch explains that the fairing is used to shield the rocket during takeoff.

  The pieces of the fairing are meant to fall over the Atlantic, and SpaceX performed trial runs of catching them before the actual launch.

  For this purpose, SpaceX dropped the fairing from a helicopter, but not every attempt of catching it was successful.

  As TechCrunch writes, the company plans to reuse these fairings for future launches.

  According to the same source, Musk previously said SpaceX essentially “throws away $6 million every time a fairing crashes into the ocean.”