From all angles: Up and down with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster | Spaceflight Now
Relive the experience with imagery from Monday night’s blazing blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket and its historic, dramatic landing at Cape Canaveral.
Carrying 11 Orbcomm communications satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad at 8:29 p.m. EST Monday (0129 GMT Tuesday). The second stage of the rocket broke away less than three minutes later, continuing on to drive the refrigerator-sized satellites into orbit.
Simultaneously, the 156-foot-tall first stage booster flipped around and fire its engines for three maneuvers to slow down and make a supersonic dive toward a touchdown target a few miles from the Falcon 9’s launch pad.
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