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SpaceX Plans Drone Ship Rocket Landing for Jan. 17 Launch

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    A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands on launch complex 40 moments after the launch attempt was scrubbed because of upper level winds at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.

    SpaceX confirmed it is planning on landing a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea on Jan. 17, NBC News reported.

    This launch will take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will carry NASA’s Jason-3 satellite, which holds instruments to monitor the ocean's surface, collecting information about circulation patterns and perhaps rising sea levels.

    The company succeeded Dec. 22 in making its first-stage rocket return safely to Earth and land upright at a predetermined location nears its launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

    A previous attempt in January 2015 to land a Falcon 9 on a "drone ship" almost succeeded, but a last-minute failure saw the rocket topple over and explode.