(8 Apr 2016) STORY-LINE:
SpaceX resumed station deliveries for NASA on Friday and in a double triumph, successfully landed its booster rocket on an ocean platform for the first time.
The unmanned Falcon rocket soared into a clear afternoon sky, carrying a full load of supplies for the International Space Station as well as a futuristic pop-up room.
After sending the Dragon capsule on its way, the first-stage booster peeled away.
Instead of dropping into the Atlantic like leftover junk, the 15-storey booster steered to a vertical touchdown on the barge, named “Of Course I Still Love You.”
In a press conference following the launch SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called the feat a “milestone in the future of spaceflight.”
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