SpaceX rocket makes historic landing

Falcon 9 first stage

Monday night marked the first time a rocket has successfully landed during a commercial launch

The final frontier might finally get more accessible sometime soon - in a huge accomplishment for spaceflight and Elon Musk's SpaceX, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a payload of 11 satellites into orbit and, more importantly, returned its first stage rockets safely to Earth for reuse.

Secondly, on reentering the first stage through Earth's atmosphere and conducting precision landings on an autonomous spaceport drone ship at sea and then eventually it lands.

"Everything appears to have been flawless", SpaceX founder Elon Musk said during a press call after the launch and landing.

When the booster landed, he tweeted, "Bullseye".

This is the first flight after the crash of a Falcon 9 on June the 28th, which tipped over during an attempt to land on a platform in the ocean.

SpaceX is aiming to revolutionize the rocket industry, which up until now has lost millions of dollars in discarded machinery and valuable rocket parts after each launch.

 

Although the touchdown was a breakthrough for SpaceX, the mission was actually to deploy 11 satellites for ORBCOMM, a communications company.

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