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Old 12-16-17, 05:30 PM
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An important milestone has been reached by SpaceX:

Friday's launch went off without a hitch, with the Falcon 9 booster sending a Dragon spacecraft into a good orbit to reach the International Space Station. Then, the first stage safely—if a bit sooty—made a near-perfect landing back on Earth. This marks the company's 20th successful landing overall, and 16th in a row.

Friday's mission is notable for several reasons. Already this year SpaceX has reflown three of its Falcon 9 rockets and reused a Dragon spacecraft for a station supply mission. This mission will combine both, marking the first time SpaceX has used a "flight proven" booster for a NASA launch and combined it with a used Dragon spacecraft. This booster first flew in July, and the spacecraft first flew to the station in 2015.
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