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SpaceX Has Successfully Landed A Rocket For The First Time

The spaceflight company landed a reusable rocket stage Monday in Florida. This is a big fucking deal.

Posted on December 21, 2015, at 10:15 p.m. ET

Private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully landed a reusable rocket stage Monday for the first time.


The Falcon 9 rocket stage propelled a payload of satellites about 62 miles into space before the second stage took over. The first stage then landed safely on the ground directly on target.


Reusable rocket stages are a crucial step in making private space operations more cost effective, according to the company.

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The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket returns to land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX has gotten close before, but until today they hadn't stuck the landing.


SpaceX competitor Blue Origin recently performed a similar landing successfully, but this landing was from a much lower altitude.

Musk was understandably elated:

11 satellites deployed to target orbit and Falcon has landed back at Cape Canaveral. Headed to LZ-1. Welcome back, baby!

Long exposure of launch, re-entry, and landing burns

Check out the glorious landing and raucous celebration here:

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