SpaceX lands rocket on ocean platform for first time

ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI
Published 09.04.2016 00:05
Updated 09.04.2016 00:45
A NASA image shows the International Space Station as it flew over Madagascar, taken by the Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA on April 6, 2016 and released on April 8, 2016.
A NASA image shows the International Space Station as it flew over Madagascar, taken by the Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA on April 6, 2016 and released on April 8, 2016.

SpaceX has resumed space station deliveries for NASA, launching the first inflatable room ever built for astronauts. And in a double triumph, the company also successfully landed its first-stage booster on an ocean platform for the first time.

SpaceX employees gathered around the company's Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, cheered wildly and chanted "U.S.A." after the booster touched down on the barge off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday. Previous barge attempts had failed.

This is SpaceX's first shipment for the International Space Station in a year. A launch accident halted cargo flights last June.

The Dragon and inflatable room should reach the space station Sunday.

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