The US company SpaceX completed an historic vertical landing of its Falcon 9 rocket after being launched a few minutes before — the first time such a feat had been achieved. The rocket had been launched at 8:29 p.m. (local time) from Cape Canaveral in Florida to release 11 satellites in low earth orbit. The Falcon 9 reached a height of 200 kilometers above ground before it turned back. According to the flight schedule the first rocket stage separated and floated back to earth where it landed vertically around 10 minutes after the launch.
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