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SpaceX successfully lands rocket in middle of ocean

After several failed attempts, SpaceX made a historic rocket landing in the middle of the ocean that could mean huge savings for commercial space travel.
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Falcon 9

SpaceX successfully landed an unmanned rocket onto a floating platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX's landing took place on Friday when it sent the Falcon 9 to the International Space Station.

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Lift off

The launch took place in Cape Canaveral, Florida and was the first successful SpaceX launch to the ISS since its failed resupply mission in June 2015.

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Supplies

The Falcon 9 rocket took the Dragon cargo spacecraft to the ISS with 7,000 pounds of supplies. The Dragon cargo spacecraft will stay with the ISS until May and will bring several biological samples back to earth.

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Unmanned

SpaceX will be flying similar missions until 2024, per a contract with Nasa. All of SpaceX's capsules are unmanned.

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Headed to ISS

SpaceX streams all of its rocket launches to interested space fanatics.

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No, this rocket isn't taking off. It's landing

Now that SpaceX successfully landed a rocket both in the ocean and on land, it can potentially reduce its costs exponentially by recycling the rockets after they're propelled.

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Smooth landing

Four other attempts ended in the rocket exploding.

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Bingo

SpaceX's president Gwynne Shotwell said the retrieval of the "first stage" -- aka rocket -- could mean 30 percent savings for the space travel company.

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