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SpaceX made history again — its rocket deployed a satellite and landed safely back on Earth

Tech Insider logo Tech Insider 6/05/2016 Matthew Stuart

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SpaceX just made history again launching its Falcon 9 rocket into space and landing it back safely in a platform in the middle of the ocean. 

The rocket was carrying and  a Japanese communications satellite called   into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) — a fixed spot 25,000 miles above Earth.

(The satellite will support television, mobile, and data communication for Japan, Russia, and the general Asia-Pacific region.)

After successfully separating its cargo, the Falcon 9 had a very smooth landing back on Earth.

This was the second time it landed after a series of failed attempts in the past.

Elon Musk and his team were skeptical and warned about a crashlanding this time around, but managed to pull it off again. 

Produced by Matthew Stuart

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