Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made HISTORY. Check out this mind-bending video as Musk’s SpaceX rocket LANDS back at Cape Canaveral after successfully delivering supplies to the international space station.
The video—which has gone viral after being shared countless times across all social netwroks— shows the moment the Falcon 9 rocket successfully lands at the Kennedy Space Center.
The rocket blasted off at 9:38am Sunday and managed to go into space, get the mission done—deliver supplies to the ISS—and land with ease the same day.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk captioned the video on Instagram: ‘Baby came back’.
This is the first time the Falcon9 rocket managed to successfully land on solid ground. SpaceX managed to land the rocket five times successfully on sea platforms in the past.
Elon Musk’s rocket lifted off from the same spot fro which NASA astronauts flew to the moon nearly fifty years ago.
The Falcon 9 rocket carried the Dragon supply ship containing 5,000 pounds of food, experiments and other goods for the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
According to reports, when Dragon arrives at the orbiting lab on Tuesday morning (Feb. 21), French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will grapple the spacecraft using the Canadarm2 robotic arm, assisted by NASA astronaut (and station commander) Shane Kimbrough. Both space flyers will be looking out from the station’s cupola as they do this work.
The Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket and both (Dragon Supply ship) are designed to return to Earth to be reused in other space missions.
The SpaceX Dragon will return to Earth within a month after engaging the ISS and will return to the Pacific Ocean not far from the California coast.
According to reports, this is the tenth resupply mission from SpaceX—which together with Orbital ATK— have a lengthy contract with NASA to help carry supplies to space.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said earlier this month that the company is aiming to launch every two to three weeks in 2017. And SpaceX’s stockpile of landed rockets may finally see flight again. Originally, the first reusable rocket was supposed to fly again last fall, but that plan was changed after the September 1st explosion. Now, the first landed rocket could launch again in March, according to Shotwell.