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#Falcon9: Launch and Landing | Shortly after midnight on July 18 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, planet Earth. About 9 minutes later, the rocket's first stage returned to the spaceport. This single time exposure captures the rocket's launch arc and landing streak from Jetty Park only a few miles away. Along a climbing, curving trajectory the launch is traced by the initial burn of the first stage, ending near the…

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from Popular Mechanics

The 50 Best Space Images of the Year

From the heart of Pluto to the amazing SpaceX landing, all the best space explorations shots of 2015.

Already tested as a cargo carrier, the Dragon spacecraft can also be fitted out to shuttle passengers to low orbit and to the International Space Station.

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In a first for space flight, SpaceX will attempt to fly its Falcon 9 booster rocket to a safe landing aboard an offshore platform.

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from Popular Mechanics

The 50 Best Space Images of the Year

From the heart of Pluto to the amazing SpaceX landing, all the best space explorations shots of 2015.

The Falcon 9 first stage descends to a soft landing on SpaceX's drone ship in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday. The rocket tipped over moments later. Credit: SpaceX

from Popular Mechanics

The 50 Best Space Images of the Year

From the heart of Pluto to the amazing SpaceX landing, all the best space explorations shots of 2015.