SpaceX just did something amazing.
After helping to launch 11 communications satellites to orbit the spaceflight company managed to bring back the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket to Earth, landing it on a pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida as people in mission control and around the world looked on, cheering.
"The Falcon has landed," an announcer on the SpaceX webcast said.
Oh, and all of the 11 ORBCOMM satellites deployed without a problem.
This landing marks the first time SpaceX has attempted to vertically park a Falcon 9 rocket stage back on solid ground after flying a payload to orbit. It's also the first time any company has landed an orbital rocket segment back on Earth following a launch to space.
"Everything appears to have been perfect," SpaceX founder Elon Musk said during a press call after the launch and landing.
Musk actually thought that the rocket blew up as it came down to the pad because he heard a huge boom as it touched down. The billionaire entrepreneur then realized that he was just hearing the sonic boom from the rocket stage's re-entry, not the destruction of the rocket itself.
The rocket stage reached an altitude of about 200 km before making its way back to Earth for its landing.