# Why did the Thaicomm-8 SpaceX First stage come into port leaning to the side?

The SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-0025) mission that launched the Thaicomm-8 satellite to GTO orbit recovered its first stage.

Looking at pictures of it coming into Port Canaveral we see it listing to the side, the Leaning Tower of SpaceX.

Why is it leaning?

Landing looks like it came in hard on one leg, as it corrected at the last moment to get right on target (since the center engines gimbal is the main control mechanism at that point in flight). You can see this in the SpaceX Flickr feed like this:

So one leg appears to have taken more load than others.

Elon tweeted that the aluminum honeycomb crush core worked to take the load:

Tweet on how Apollo used crush cores in lunar lander

It appears that once you start crushing this way, it does not bounce back, which makes sense.

You can see this, when OCISLY came into Port Canaveral (Jul 2, 2016), carrying the first stage, that the three visible landing legs are at different levels of extension.

Here you can see the leg that is mostly extended, least collapsed.

Here you can see a half collapsed, half extended leg.

This is probably the leg that was mostly collpased, as you can below.

As they came into port, they used high tech materials to prop the leg up:

• Is that high tech organic biodegradable carbon based material by any chance or do my eyes fail me at such amazing image resolution? :D – PTwr Jun 3 '16 at 8:30
• @PTwr Avoid exposure to heat and oxygen, it might start a nice bonfire. Yep, wood shims. Use what you got, right? – geoffc Jun 3 '16 at 11:18
• Technology. Next cargo to ISS should include pack of emergency wood planks. – PTwr Jun 3 '16 at 11:25
• This is probably the leg that was mostly collpased, as you can below. I think that you a word. – dotancohen Jun 25 '17 at 7:29