Successful launch and touchdown for rocket

  • 22/12/2015

US aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has made history after successfully launching its Falcon 9 rocket into space and returning it to Earth in one piece.

The vertical touchdown came within 10 minutes of lift-off at Cape Canaveral in Florida and is the first big step towards re-usable rockets.

Three previous attempts had been unsuccessful.

At SpaceX headquarters, workers broke into cheers and chants following the vertical landing.

However, it's not the first time a rocket has landed upright after launching into space.

Last month, private spaceflight company Blue Origin announced that it had landed its rocket New Shepard post-launch – although it is smaller than and not as fast as Falcon 9.

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