Anytime I see a thread of comments about SpaceX's landing attempts, there is often talk from one or more people about landing efficiency and suggesting or questioning that using parachutes or wings would be better than exclusively using a rocket powered landing. However, I think there is a reason why SpaceX is favoring rocket powered landing, but I don't ever see anyone suggest it. So I'm suggesting it here to see what others think. To understand why SpaceX is favoring rocket powered landing, other than it being feasible and just being cool, I believe has to do with the bigger picture that most people don't seem to consider. I think part of the answer has to do with logistics. A glider would require a rather complex rocket design in order to carry wings and finish with either a powered vertical landing or rolling landing gear. And parachutes might hurt rapid reusability due to needing to repack the parachutes. But more than that. Think beyond Earth. How adaptable would glider or parachute designs be to other planetoids with different atmospheres and different gravity? I think it would be a big problem. And they wouldn't work at all in places with no atmosphere like our Moon. Now think about the powered rocket landing technology that SpaceX is using. This could work almost anywhere, possibly with only minor design changes for the more extreme environments. I think, in this context, suddenly powered rocket landing makes a lot more sense. This could also be a contributing reason as to why SpaceX has not had much interest in the rocket designs that attempt to use our own atmosphere to assist the boost stage to where it doesn't have to carry as much fuel (sorry, can't remember what those are called at the moment). And finally...well...it's just so darn cool.