SpaceX Successfully Launches Supplies to ISS

Space Shuttle Discovery evening shoot 9-6 and 9-12, 2012 At NASM's Udvar-Hazy Center. in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. Photos by Dane A. Penland, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

LA Times

SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Sunday morning after scrubbing its Saturday attempt because of a potential issue with its Falcon 9 rocket.

The rocket lifted off at 6:39 a.m. PST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the Hawthorne-based space company’s first launch from Launch Complex 39A, the historic pad where the Apollo and space shuttle missions launched.

This was the first commercial launch from the pad — the last mission to lift off from 39A was the final space shuttle launch in 2011.

About eight minutes after liftoff, the first-stage rocket booster landed back on land at the company’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

“Baby came back,” SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted, followed by a snapshot of the return landing.

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