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SpaceX rocket nails safe return landing in space flight first

Mission successfully delivers its payload of all 11 satellites to orbit

Cape Canaveral

A SPACEX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Monday with a payload of communications satellites before the reusable main-stage booster turned around, soared back to Cape Canaveral and landed safely near its launch pad in a dramatic space flight first.

The successful mission, capped by delivery of all 11 satellites to orbit for launch customer ORBCOMM Inc, unfolded in just over 30 minutes and marked a pivotal reversal of fortunes for privately owned Space Exploration Technologies,...

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