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SpaceX's Epic Falcon 9 Rocket Landing in Pictures

The Falcon Has Landed

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched 11 satellites into space and then returned to Earth to make a historic landing on Dec. 21, 2015. Shown here, the Falcon 9 rocket on its landing pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. See more photos here of the history-making mission. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Almost There

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The first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is seen just before touching down on Landing Site 1 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 21, 2015. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Awesome Exposure: SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing

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This long exposure captures the launch into orbit of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, and the booster's first stage return to a smooth landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 21, 2015. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted this photo on Twitter with the caption: "There and Back Again." Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Monday Night Lights

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This long exposure captures the launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and its subsequent engine burns to return to Earth during a historic flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 21, 2015. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket After Landing

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The first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket stands triumphantly on Landing Site 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida after successfully launching into orbit and returning to Earth on Dec. 21, 2015. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Liftoff!

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 8:29 p.m. EST on Dec. 21, 2015, kicking off the 11-satellite flight and historic rocket landing. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Satellite Success

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One of the 11 ORBCOMM satellites deploys in orbit during SpaceX's successful Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing. Delivering the satellites into orbit was the main goal of the mission, despite the amazing rocket landing. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Falcon on Descent

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There are almost no words ... in an amazing feat, here is SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket booster descending BACK to Earth, lighting up the night sky over Florida a second time to make its historic landing. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Touchdown!

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket touches down on its landing pad on Earth. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

And The Crowd Goes Wild

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SpaceX employees rejoice during the successful first landing of the company's Falcon 9 rocket on a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida following a successful launch. Read the Epic Full Story Here.

Inside SpaceX's Risky Fly-back Booster Rocket Landing (Infographic)

By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

In a first for space flight, SpaceX will attempt to fly its Falcon 9 booster rocket to a safe landing aboard an offshore platform. See how SpaceX's rocket landing tests work in this Space.com infographic.

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