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Photos: SpaceX's Return-to-Flight Rocket Launch and Landing Success

SpaceX Back in Action

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On Jan. 14, 2017, SpaceX launched 10 satellites for the company Iridium, and also landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea. See images of the mission — SpaceX's first since a Sept. 1, 2016 launch pad explosion — here. Read the full story.

Picture-Perfect Landing

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 First Stage lands on the drone ship "Just Read the Instructions" after a successful launch taking 10 Iridium-NEXt satellites into orbit on Jan. 14, 2017.

Engines Firing

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 lifted off on Jan. 14, 2017 for the first time since the Sept. 1, 2016 explosion on the launch pad.

Falcon 9 Stage 1

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A close-up of SpaceX's Falcon 9 in its first launch since the launch accident on Sept. 1, 2016. The rocket carried 10 Iridium NEXt satellites.

Falcon 9's Successful Launch

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The Iridium-1 rocket, launched Jan. 14, 2017, carried 10 Iridium NEXt satellites into space.

A Controlled Descent

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SpaceX's first successful launch since its Sept. 1, 2016 accident also ended with a successful landing on the drone ship "Just Read the Instructions" with a Falcon 9 rocket lifting off with 10 Iridium NEXt satellites aboard.

Almost Complete

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SpaceX's Falcon 9's First Stage nears landing on the drone ship "Just Read the Instructions" after its successfully release its Second Stage to orbit with 10 Iridium NEXt satellites aboard.

Falcon 9 Iridium NEXt Satellites

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Another perspective of the Jan. 14, 2017 launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 carrying 10 Iridium NEXt satellites into orbit.

Falcon 9 Launches in Return-to-Flight Mission

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket rises into the sky above Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Jan. 14, 2017.

A Successful Launch

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Engines fire, lifting SpaceX's Falcon 9 for its first launch since the Sept. 1, 2016 explosion on the launch pad. The Falcon 9's first stage successfully landed on a ship at sea.

Falcon 9 Returns to Flight

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with 10 Iridium NEXt satellites on board on Jan. 14, 2017. The launch was the first for SpaceX since a Falcon 9 exploded on the launch pad on Sept. 1, 2016.

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