Following the successful launch of of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, SpaceX on Friday landed the first-stage booster rocket of its Falcon 9 on a floating barge a few miles off the coast of Florida, a feat never done before.
Three previous attempts to stick the landing of its massive booster rocket on a floating barge on the Atlantic Ocean failed.
The flawless launch of Falcon 9 occurred on schedule at 4:43 p.m. ET at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. It’s the first time SpaceX is returning to the International Space Station to deliver cargo since its last cargo mission in June resulted in failure, when the second-stage booster exploded about 21 miles high, due to a part failure.
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