How SpaceX’s rocket got to orbit: A recap of its ascent and fall
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully blasted off atop a Falcon 9 first stage on Thursday, delivering an unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
The mission marks SpaceX’s first launch since the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket failed to launch on Tuesday.
The rocket crashed after the second stage ignited during a test flight.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the vehicle had landed safely at the International Spaceport in Kazakhstan.
The Falcon 9’s first stage carried Cygnuses Dragon cargo spacecraft and Orion capsule.
The spacecraft was carrying supplies and medical supplies for NASA, and was expected to land at the space station in the coming days.NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted that the capsule landed in a field near the Baikonur Cosmodrome, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the space center.
Musk said the capsule had successfully carried three Cygnides and one Orion, and that the cargo spacecraft was in orbit.NASA said the spacecraft had a crew of six.
Musks tweet said the Cygnids Dragon cargo capsule arrived safely at space station Thursday afternoon.
It’s the first mission from SpaceX since the Falcon Heavy’s first-stage explosion.
It is the second mission of a rocket powered by liquid hydrogen, which was built by Russian company Aerojet Rocketdyne.
The company’s first flight of a Falcon Heavy booster came in January 2017, but the rocket exploded shortly after liftoff, setting off a fire and sending the rocket into a fiery tailspin.