Not only did SpaceX land their Falcon 9 rocket, but they looked damn good while doing it. This is how to do a return-to-flight with style!

Launch, reentry, and landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Image credit: SpaceX

What did the next stage do? Why, deploy 11 Orbcomm relay satellites! Image credit: SpaceX/Emily Lakdawalla

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Launch and landing in one long-exposure photograph. Image credit: SpaceX

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Falcon 9 rocket first stage approaching Landing Zone 1. Image credit: SpaceX

Hey there, Falcon 9 first stage! Nice to see you again, all upright and everything. Image credit: SpaceX


Missed the launch and landing? You can check out the entire launch replay, or skip to just the landing.

Top image: Landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Credit: SpaceX/Mika McKinnon


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