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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to port | Spaceflight Now

Riding into port aboard a floating platform before dawn, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket booster arrived back at Cape Canaveral early Tuesday after sticking a historic landing at sea last week, kicking off a series of inspections and tests before engineers ready it for launch again.

A small crowd of SpaceX employees, news photographers and space enthusiasts welcomed the 15-story rocket booster to Port Canaveral around 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT) aboard a landing ship dubbed “Of Course I Still Love You,” a reference to giant planet-sized starships in science fiction novels by Iain Banks.

The rocket returned to Earth less than nine minutes after a successful launch from Cape Canaveral last Friday with a Dragon supply ship ferrying 3.5 tons of cargo to the International Space Station.

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