Hawthorne’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) made history Friday by landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge.
The rocket booster landed on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
This is the first time SpaceX has been able to accomplish the feat after several failed attempts. The aerospace firm did manage to land a first-stage booster back on earth at Cape Canaveral in December.
The ability to reuse rocket stages is prized because it substantially reduces costs and could increase the frequency of launches.
The rocket allowed SpaceX’s Dragon capsule to reach orbit. It’s set to arrive at the International Space Station on Sunday, according to a tweet by SpaceX.
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