Check out this stunning close-up video of the SpaceX rocket's ideal touchdown

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket

The Amazon boss offered SpaceX his congratulations, though his message gently reminded the company that it's not the only member of the prestigious rocket-landing club.

Back in June a Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after launch, but six months later the updated rocket completed its mission and historic landing without a hitch.

The SpaceX was able to achieved the incredible event in space history nearly a century after Wright Brothers set a plane fly. It was also the first time a rocket successfully launched a payload into space and returned to Earth intact.

SpaceX has come close to landing a rocket, but until now, had never actually made one successful landing.

SpaceX founder, CEO and chief designer Elon Musk described it to reporters as a "revolutionary moment". The first stage then landed safely in a designated spot just a few miles from the launch pad.

The Falcon 9 launches like any other rocket.

Several earlier attempts to land the Falcon 9's first stage on an ocean platform have failed.

Though many may argue this has been done before - when Blue Origin landed its rocket on November 25 - they are two separate beasts.

SpaceX is aiming to revolutionise the rocket industry, which up until now has lost millions of dollars in discarded machinery and valuable rocket parts after each launch. All the satellites are now successfully orbiting the planet.

He said, the landed booster "placed the exclamation mark on 2015".

SpaceX is leasing the landing area, a former Atlas missile-launching site, from the Air Force. SpaceX is leasing the touchdown area - marked by a giant X - from the Air Force. In the meantime, he's working to transform the SpaceX Dragon capsules from cargo ships into real spaceships for crews traveling to and from the orbiting station.

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