SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches, Lands Vertically | NECN

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches, Lands Vertically



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    In this frame grab from video shown on NASA TV, the Cygnus supply ship approaches the International Space Station, in preparation for capture, early Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, delivering Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts.

    SpaceX achieved a first in its history by completing an historic vertical landing of its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday night, NBC News reported. 

    The company had not previously tried to land a rocket on land. It marked the firm's first successful attempt to recover a rocket from an orbital flight.

    The launch and landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida, were the first from the private U.S. spaceflight company since its rocket exploded on liftoff in June.

    Previous attempts, all unsuccessful, were attempted on floating landing pads.

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