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SpaceX succeeds in historic rocket launch, landing

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SpaceX successfully landed its powerful Falcon 9 rocket in an upright position. A historic first in the company's bid to make rockets as reusable as airplanes. The tall, white portion of the rocket glided back to Earth, its engines burning bright orange against a black night sky.The first stage of the rocket appeared to settle down firmly and stick the landing. The US space agency NASA also applauded the feat.

The company, headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk, is striving to revolutionize the rocket industry, which currently loses many millions of dollars in jettisoned machinery and sophisticated rocket components after each launch.

Several attempts to land the Falcon 9's first stage on a floating ocean platform have failed with the rocket either colliding with the autonomous drone ship or tipping over. SpaceX has insisted that each attempt has helped engineers come closer to perfecting the technique