Here are the incredible photos behind SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket landing

Dec 22, 2015

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Here are the incredible photos behind SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket landing

Dec 22, 2015

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Launch, Re-entry, and Landing Burns

Six months after a experiencing a catastrophic explosion while en route to the International Space Station, SpaceX successfully delivered a payload to space and landed its 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket upright upon its return to Earth.

Minutes after delivering 11 satellites into orbit via its ORBCOMM–2 payload, the first stage rocket fell back down into Earth’s atmosphere where it used a handful of strategically placed thrusters to help guide its descent.

As CEO Elon Musk and his SpaceX teamed watched on and cheered, the rocket successfully touched down at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it had taken off from roughly 15 minutes earlier.

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Musk called the achievement a ‘revolutionary moment’ when speaking to the Associated Press.

The reason for the reusable rocket hype is that the first stage rocket tends to be one of the most expensive aspects of building a successful vehicle to deliver payloads to space.

Rather than having it land in the ocean or burn up upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, SpaceX will now be able to effectively refuel and reuse the rocket, saving an exponential amount of money.

Below, we’ve gathered some of the images SpaceX has shared from the historic Falcon 9 flight. Sit back, scroll through and enjoy science fiction come to life.

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SpaceX’s new Landing Zone 1, where the Falcon 9 rocket touched down.
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ORBCOMM-2 payload attached to the Falcon 9 rocket, waiting to be rolled out to the launch pad.
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Falcon 9 on the pad in advance of mission to launch 11 ORBCOMM satellites & attempt 1st stage landing
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Falcon 9 on the pad in advance of mission to launch 11 ORBCOMM satellites & attempt 1st stage landing

 

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ORBCOMM-2 liftoff
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ORBCOMM-2 liftoff
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ORBCOMM-2 liftoff
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Falcon 9 on the pad in advance of mission to launch 11 ORBCOMM satellites & attempt 1st stage landing
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ORBCOMM-2 First-Stage Landing
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A look at the Falcon 9 rocket as its thrusters gently direct the first stage booster onto the landing pad
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ORBCOMM-2 First-Stage Landing

Image credits: Photos by SpaceX used under Public Domain

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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