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SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 First Stage on Earth

By Keith Cowing
December 21, 2015
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SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 First Stage on Earth
Falcon 9 First Stage Landing

SpaceX made space exploration history tonight when it brought a Falcon 9 first stage back to a safe landing on Earth.
Minutes after ending its portion of the launch, the first stage reoriented itself, fired its engines, and came in for a pinpoint landing at Cape Canaveral.

Meanwhile the Falcon 9’s second stage continued into space eventually deploying its entire 11 satellite ORBCOMM payload successfully.

This feat was accomplished on the first flight of an improved Falcon 9.

The first stage landed precisely in the middle of its landing pad.

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