SpaceX lands stage 1


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft in 2010. 
image: NASA/Tony Gray and Kevin O’Connell wikipedia

Normally rockets blast off and throw away their main tank of fuel (stage 1) after delivering their payload (stage 2) . The SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 stage 1 has managed to land back on the Earth after successfully delivering ORBCOMM-2 (stage 2). 

The implication being that it can used again. This reduces costs and has the potential to improve the rates of space launches for commercial and or scientific missions.  

See below for the launch.

A sonic boom was heard by many witnesses when it re-entered the atmosphere. 


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