February 21, 2017 | Matthew, Contemporary Science Volunteer

Rocket science might be famously complex, but the private company SpaceX has just had a big success.

Nine minutes after launching a Dragon spacecraft to deliver about 2500 kg of supplies to the International Space Station, SpaceX's rocket booster landed safely back on the launch pad.

Perfecting reusable rockets is expected to dramatically reduce the cost of sending experiments, satellites and eventually people into orbit.


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SpaceX hopes to develop a version of its Dragon capsule that can carry people.


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