It was definitely a good day for SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk on Monday (May 1), as they successfully carried out a government mission in front of the world.
Fans were able to tune in live to watch the lift-off of the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida as it launched the US National Reconnaissance Office's spy satellite NROL-76 into space.
More importantly than the launch, the Falcon 9 was able to land back on solid ground in Cape Canaveral once it completed its mission. Watch the footage below:
The exact reason for the launch remains classified by the US Air Force and some of its journey was obstructed on the live stream for security purposes, but the bit that was seen was breathtaking.
Monday's Falcon 9 launch marked the very first mission in SpaceX's contract with the United States government, after striking a historic deal back in 2015 (via TheVerge).
Proud papa Elon Musk spent most of the morning sharing some different angles of the take-off and descent on his Instagram account:
This certainly went better than last September's disaster when Facebook's $95 million satellite exploded upon launch in an ill-conceived live stream.
With the kinks clearly worked out now, we assume it's full-steam ahead on Elon Musk's plans to fly two lucky people to the Moon.
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