This is the first time SpaceX has ever landed a rocket on land. The program had successfully staged rocket landings five other times before, but on sea platforms.
While Falcon 9’s mission wasn’t historic, the location was. It’s the same pad that NASA used for the Apollo 11 missions which sent the first humans to the moon.
Falcon 9’s launch Sunday was the first time the pad had been used since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.
Falcon 9 was originally scheduled to launch on Feb 18. That launch was scrapped before lift-off over concerns with the rocket’s steering system.
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