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SpaceX Launches, Lands Same Booster Twice

A Falcon 9 rocket launches for the second time from Kennedy Space Center. Photo: Joey Roulette / WMFE

SpaceX made rocket history, launching and landing the company’s first recycled rocket.

This Falcon 9 rockets has now launched two things into space: supplies to the International Space Station and now a commercial communication’s satellite into orbit.

This was the first time SpaceX has launch a recycled rocket.

It’s a part of SpaceX’s commitment to rocket reusability, eventually lowering the cost of access to space.

This mission ended with the first stage of the rocket landing on a barge at sea. The company isn’t saying yet whether this rocket will have a third go.

The satellite will provided broadcast coverage to Latin America.

The Flacon 9 launched from Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A, the site of historic launches like Apollo 11.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »