Three times SpaceX has landed its Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground and three times it has shared video of the event with the world. But as the company continues to show, there is more than one way to skin a 20-story spacecraft. The latest case in point, footage shot by drone as the rocket sinks through the clouds and onto the launch pad below.
Each time SpaceX pulls off one of these incredible feats, you can expect some equally awe-inspiring and creative imagery to go with it. In the past we have been treated to footage from an onboard camera as the rocket traveled through the atmosphere on re-entry, slow-motion clips of rocket blasts and even clips of the Falcon 9's less successful landing attempts.
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Yesterday's CRS-10 mission to re-stock the International Space Station was the SpaceX's second successful launch since the launch pad explosion in September 2016. This time around, the company had a camera drone hover in the distance as the Falcon 9 re-entered the atmosphere, executed a perfect pin drop through the clouds and settled on SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral.
As has become the norm, the company has also released a set of high-res images of both the launch and landing, which you'll find in the gallery for your perusal. Check out the awesome drone video below and remind yourself that no, it's not in reverse.
Source: SpaceX (Flickr)