Cape Canveral, Fla. (NBC) — SpaceX launched a cargo mission to the International Space Station, the first since one of its rockets exploded in June.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted-off from Cape Canaveral at 4:43 p.m. Friday carrying a Dragon cargo capsule.
Inside the capsule is 7,000lbs of supplies, experiments, and hardware headed for the ISS.
Another bit of good news for SpaceX took place about two-and-a-half minutes after launch, when the main part of the two-stage rocket separated and landed vertically on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
Several previous attempts at doing that with the re-usable booster have failed.
(Video courtesy of SpaceX.)