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Photos: SpaceX Launches Thaicom 8 Satellite, Lands Rocket at Sea

A Rocket Returns

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On May 27, 2016, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched the Thaicom 8 satellite into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket, then successfully landed the Falcon 9 booster's first stage (seen here) on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. See photos from the awesome launch and landing here in this Space.com gallery.

GO for lanidng

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket first stage comes in for a landing on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" after successfully launching the Thaicom 8 satellite into orbit on May 27, 2016.

Touchdown

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket first stage comes in for a landing on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" after successfully launching the Thaicom 8 satellite into orbit on May 27, 2016.

Fiery Descent

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket first stage comes in for a landing on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" after successfully launching the Thaicom 8 satellite into orbit on May 27, 2016.

Beautiful Day for a Launch

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A wide-angle look at SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launching the Thaicom 8 satellite on May 27, 2016.

Next Stop, Earth

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The first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket comes back down to Earth for an ocean landing on May 27 after launching the Thaicom 8 communications satellite.

Thaicom 8 Satellite Deploys

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The Thaicom 8 communications satellite deploys from the second stage of a SpaceX rocket on May 27, 2016.

Lanidng Success!

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The Falcon 9 rocket landing marked SpaceX's third consecutive drone ship landing at sea and fourth landing in all.

Homeward Bound

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The leaning first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket nears port in Florida on June 2, 2016.

Welcome Home

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The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched the Thaicom 8 communications satellite comes into port in Florida on June 2, 2016.

Falcon 9 Launches Thaicom 8 Satellite, May 27, 2016

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with the Thaicom 8 communications satellite from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 27, 2016.

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