SpaceX rocket successfully launches, lands Falcon 9 rocket

Cape Canveral, Fla. (NBC) — SpaceX launched a cargo mission to the International Space Station, the first since one of its rockets exploded in June.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted-off from Cape Canaveral at 4:43 p.m. Friday carrying a Dragon cargo capsule.

Inside the capsule is 7,000lbs of supplies, experiments, and hardware headed for the ISS.

Another bit of good news for SpaceX took place about two-and-a-half minutes after launch, when the main part of the two-stage rocket separated and landed vertically on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

Several previous attempts at doing that with the re-usable booster have failed.

(Video courtesy of SpaceX.)

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