In Photos: SpaceX Launches Used Falcon 9 Rocket, Dragon Capsule on CRS-13

Landing Zone 1


Less than 10 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9 first stage came returned for a touchdown at Landing Zone 1, a SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral.



The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket first-stage booster approaches Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.



This marked the 20th successful landing for SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets and the fourth time that a reused Falcon 9 rocket has landed.

Dragon Deployed!


About 10 minutes after launch, the Dragon cargo spacecraft was deployed in low-Earth orbit, where it will spend the next two days chasing after the International Space Station.

Ready for Launch


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands ready for launch at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 in Florida.

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 infographic.

How SpaceX's Dragon Space Capsule Works (Infographic)

Karl Tate/

A look inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule and its Falcon 9 rocket.

Star Wars National Lab Patch


The ISS National Lab 2017 CASIS mission patch was inspired by "Star Wars" and features droids, the Death Star and the Millennium Falcon.

Lift Off

Kim Shiflett/NASA

From Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, the two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle carries the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Breaking Free

Kim Shiflett/NASA

Carrying around 4,800 pounds of cargo to the ISS, Dragon begins its 13th commercial resupply services mission on Dec. 15, 2017.

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.