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

Liftoff of Thaicom 8 Satellite

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Thaicom 8 satellite rises off the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 27, 2016.

Thaicom 8 Launch: Close Up

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Close-up of SpaceX's May 27, 2016 launch of the Thaicom 8 commercial communications satellite.

Thaicom 8 Launch from Across the Water

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket clears the lightning towers during the May 27, 2016 launch of the Thaicom 8 communications satellite.

Falcon 9 and Thaicom 8's: Launch Long View

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A long view of SpaceX's launch of the Thaicom 8 communications satellite on May 27, 2016.

SpaceX Thaicom 8 Launch

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying the Thaicom 8 communications satellite to orbit on May 27, 2016.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Engines Blazing

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blazes through the Florida skies on May 27, 2016, during the launch of the Thaicom 8 communications satellite.

Falcon 9 Heads for Space

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and its payload, the Thaicom 8 satellite, zoom through the Florida skies about 1 minute after lifting off on May 27, 2016.

SpaceX Sticks Another Ocean Landing

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The first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket sits on the deck of the droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" seconds after landing successfully during a May 27, 2016 launch.

Falcon 9 Sticks the Landing

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Close-up view of the Falcon 9 first stage on "Of Course I Still Love You," May 27, 2016.

Falcon 9's Second Stage Fires Up

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The second-stage engine of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket fires to carry the Thaicom 8 to its intended orbit on May 27, 2016.

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