SpaceX just landed its 6th rocket — here are some incredible photos from the launch
SpaceX did it again.
After launching a telecommunications satellite into space at 1:26 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 14, the company landed the second stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea.
This marks the sixth time SpaceX has successfully landed a rocket, and the fourth time it did it in the ocean.
Check out these amazing photos from the late-night launch:
Here you can see the 229-foot-tall rocket being prepared for launch.
The Falcon 9 rocket was carrying the Japanese telecommunications satellite JCSat-16, which will deliver video and data services to people in the Asia-Pacific region.SpaceX
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 1:26 a.m., as scheduled.SpaceX
This was SpaceX's 28th Falcon 9 rocket launch, and its eighth launch of 2016.SpaceX
Here's the trail of light left behind by the rocket as it launched toward space.SpaceX
SpaceX successfully landed the lower portion on a drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean. This is the sixth rocket SpaceX has successfully landed on Earth, and the fourth to land on a drone ship.SpaceX
The upper portion of the Falcon 9 rocket carried the satellite into space, dropping it safely into orbit.
You can watch the full launch and landing here:
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