SpaceX Successfully Lands Rocket After Launch of Satellites Into Orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the launcher’s first mission since a June failure.

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People living along the central Atlantic coast of Florida have for decades enjoyed the spectacle of rockets headed for space. On Monday night, they were treated to a new sight that may become common: a rocket coming back down to a gentle landing.

For Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif. — SpaceX for short — the nighttime liftoff of one of its Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was a…

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