SpaceX employees erupted in jubilation as they watched live video footage of the 156-foot-tall white first-stage booster slowly descending upright through a damp, darkened night sky amid a glowing orange ball of light to make a picture-perfect landing.
The first successful flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket happened Monday, leaving Cape Canaveral with a load of communications satellites. In 30 minutes, 11 satellites were delivered to their orbits before the rocket returned to Florida and successfully landed near it’s launch pad, a first ever for spaceflight.
High-tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk, owner of the private company that developed the rocket celebrated with a Tweet, “Welcome back, baby!”
Launch & Landing Video