SpaceX made history today by successfully launching and landing a used Falcon 9 rocket for the first time ever. It’s something CEO Elon Musk has talked about since he founded the company 15 years ago. But the company arrived here so fast that it’s almost hard to remember it only started attempting these daring landings just over two years ago. So here’s a GIF recap — click the links for more info on each:
Attempt 1, January 2015:
Attempt 14, March 2017 — sixth successful sea landing, and the first time a Falcon 9 has landed twice:
SpaceX spent a few years test-landing smaller scale versions of its rockets, too. “It’s been 15 years to get to this point, it’s taken us a long time,” Musk said after today’s feat. “A lot of difficult steps along the way, but I’m just incredibly proud of SpaceX for being able to achieve this incredible milestone in the history of space.”
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