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SpaceX hits a new milestone by reusing a rocket, and landing it again

posted Mar 31, 2017, 1:40 AM by Barny CK

SpaceX made history today, when it successfully launched a satellite into space on a used rocket and landed it back on earth again. The Falcon 9 rocket, first used on the CRS-8 resupply mission to the Internation Space Station in April last year, is the world's first relaunch of the first stage rocket booster. This rocket booster was also SpaceX's first successful vertical landing on a floating platform out in sea. The new feat, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, was fifteen years in the making. SpaceX hopes to one day make man mission to Mars a reality, of which bringing down the cost of space flight is a prerequisite to that dream. The relaunch of the first stage rocket booster is part of the SES-10 satellite launch, a geostationary communications satellite. The client, Luxembourg-based SES SA, is said to have received an undisclosed amount of discount for participating in this inaugural launch. The rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 6.27pm EDT. After the success, Elon Musk later tweeted that SpaceX's next objective is to accomplish a 24 hour reflight or turnaround of their Falcon 9 rockets.

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