The SpaceX rocket that landed on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday could arrive back in Central Florida as early as Monday.
For the first time, SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on the barge about nine minutes after its launch.
Once the first-stage booster arrives in Port Canaveral, SpaceX plans to test fire the rocket engines 10 times and prepare it for another launch. That launch could happen as soon as June.
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Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and founder, said reusing rockets will drive down the cost of launches.
"It's a really good milestone for spaceflight, you know," he said. "I think it's another step toward the stars. In order for us to really open up access to space, we've got to achieve full and rapid reusability."
While the first-stage booster was making its way back to Earth, the second stage of the rocket propelled a Dragon cargo capsule to orbit.
The spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday morning. It brought about 7,000 pounds of supplies to the space station.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module was in the Dragon’s trunk. It will be installed at the end of the week. It will inflate and become an extra room for astronauts.
A record-tying six vehicles were at the International Space Station on Sunday morning after the Dragon was officially captured.