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SpaceX just landed a rocket back on Earth after flying it to space. How's your Monday?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This isn't getting old yet. The first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk's SpaceX came in for a dusty and impressive landing at the company's landing zone in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Monday. The landing occurred about 10 minutes after the rocket launched a Dragon cargo craft carrying supplies to the International Space Station. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's SpaceX starts off its week with an impressive rocket launch and landing This marks the company's 14th successful landing and its 6th successful one on land, with the rest of them taking place on drone ships in the ocean. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has long said that he hopes this kind of feat can become routine, and the company is well on its way toward making that happen.  Quick video recap of Falcon 9 launch of Dragon for its twelfth @ISS resupply mission. A post shared by SpaceX (@spacex) on Aug 14, 2017 at 12:04pm PDT The rocket landings are a critical component of SpaceX's business plan, which calls for lowering the cost of spaceflight through the reuse of rockets. At this point it's a surprise when a landing doesn't work perfectly, not when it does.  The Dragon is now working its way to the Space Station, loaded down with thousands of pounds of supplies for the crew onboard. It should arrive at the orbiting lab in about two days.  This marks SpaceX's 12th official cargo run to the station for NASA.  Kicking up some dust during landing.Image: spacexIn the future, the company is expected to start launching people to the station for NASA as part of the agency's commercial crew program, designed to end reliance on Russian rockets to get astronauts to outer space.  WATCH: Here's how Virgin's space program is different than SpaceX read more
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