It’s not every day a rocket blasts off into space, even more rare is a rocket being relaunched into space. SpaceX this past week accomplished this task for NASA for the first time. Previously Falcon 9 rockets have been used multiple times, but NASA had not taken part until they were sure it was able to successfully relaunch. And so a reused rocket launched a reused capsule carrying supplies for the International Space Station this week just in time for Christmas.
— NASA (@NASA) December 15, 2017
And it was a complete success as they once again were able to recover their rocket.
Falcon 9 first stage has landed at Landing Zone 1 — SpaceX’s 20th recovery of a first stage booster. pic.twitter.com/DHLAf7hq7t
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 15, 2017
The rocket launched on Friday (Dec. 15) and then Today (Dec. 17) the Cargo Vehicle was captured by the space station.
— NASA (@NASA) December 17, 2017
SpaceX has managed to make space travel less expensive than it used to be when every piece of a rocket had to be rebuilt for a launch, though it has not been without it’s bumps – most notably the explosion on the launch pad in September, 2016. But this was their 20th successful recapture of a rocket and bodes well for future missions with NASA.