Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CRS-8 SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Returns To Port Canaveral

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Returns To Port Canaveral Aboard Barge

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida - The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket that made space history by successfully landing on the autonomous drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" was towed into Port Canaveral, Florida by the Elsbeth III tug boat early Tuesday morning.

Scorch marks made by the spacecraft's engines during re-entry and retro-fire prior during the landing could be seen along the sides of the first stage.

The CRS-8 mission also successfully delivered an inflatable habitat module along to the International Space Station along with other supplies and scientific equipment totalling 7,000 pounds.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the nearby Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Photo credit: SpaceX