WASHINGTON — SpaceX successfully landed a first-stage Falcon 9 rocket on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, a historic achievement for the space launch industry.
This is the second time SpaceX has successfully landed a rocket back on earth after putting a payload in space, but the first such landing on an ocean-going barge. The company attempted a similar landing in December in the Pacific Ocean, but the first-stage rocket keeled over and exploded after a failed landing.
Friday's flight was SpaceX's eighth robotic resupply flight to the ISS, but its first in nearly a year. During the last resupply mission in June 2015, the Falcon 9 exploded in flight.