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SpaceX Successfully Lands Rocket on Drone Ship

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SpaceX Lands Rocket on Drone Ship

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Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Friday at 4:43 p.m. EDT. The mission, officially known as CRS-8, is the company's eighth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The launch itself was largely routine for SpaceX: the real excitement began when the Falcon 9 completed its burn and landed upright on the drone ship for the first time.

This was the fifth attempt to recover the rocket's first stage on a drone ship—cheekily named Of Course I Still Love You—in the Atlantic Ocean. The company webcasts each of its launches, and young engineers provide running commentary. This time, however, the screams of joy in Hawthorne, California overrode the commentary. 

YouTube: CRS-8 Dragon Hosted Webcast