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.