07/18/2016: Successful SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch & First Stage Recovery

Early this morning, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station.

This mission will bring food, supplies, and science experiments to the station. Additionally, a critical piece of cargo known as an international docking adapter, or IDA is on board. This will be attached to the outside of the station, allowing future spacecraft to automatically dock with the ISS.

Minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket successfully returned under its own power. This recovery of the first stage, pioneered by SpaceX, will drastically reduce the costs associated with space travel.

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