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2015-Dec-22, 05:20 PM
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“There and back again,” said SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk after the amazing successful ‘Return to Flight’ launch of the firms Falcon 9 rocket and history making vertical return landing at Cape Canaveral, Fla, on Monday evening, Dec. 21.
For the first time in history, the first stage of a rocket blazing to orbit with a payload, separated successfully from the upper stage at high speed, turned around and then flew back for a successful rocket assisted upright touchdown back on the ground.
The upgraded “full thrust” SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off Monday night, Dec. 21 at 8:29 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. carrying a constellation of ORBCOMM OG2 communications satellites to low Earth orbit.
"The Falcon Has Landed!" gushed exuberant SpaceX officials during a live webscast.
Accompanied by multiple shocking loud sonic boom, the 156 foot tall Falcon 9 first stage separted about 3 minutes into flight and landed successfully on the ground about 10 minutes later at the SpaceX Landing Zone 1 complex at the Cape, some six miles south from pad 40.
See the dramatic landing in this SpaceX video taken from a nearby helicopter:
Here’s an expanding galley of photos and video for the Dec 21, 2015 launch and landing at Cape Canaveral.
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2015-Dec-23, 05:28 AM
It's truly a spectacular feat . I would not have bet in favor of it being accomplished . I call it a " Rocky Jones Landing " after the 1950's TV show.
His rocket could and did land anywhere on it's 4 legs . Made for easy reverse camera work.
Hats off to this superb design team. They have done very well, indeed.


2015-Dec-23, 09:06 AM
So this is what the people on the hotel television were yammering about in a language I don't understand.

Sounds pretty impressive. I'll have to have a look at the video.