Photos: Falcon 9 streaks into space, lands on drone ship

May 7, 2016 1:52 PM

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SpaceX achieved a double success Friday with the launch of a Japanese communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, followed minutes later by the touchdown of the Falcon 9 rocket’s 15-story first stage booster on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket lifted off at 1:21 a.m. EDT (0521 GMT) Friday from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad, turned east over the Atlantic, and raced into orbit with Japan’s JCSAT 14 spacecraft, a commercial broadcasting platform owned by Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp.

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