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How a drone saw SpaceX's latest rocket landing (plus killer new photos)

How a drone saw SpaceX's lates...
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
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
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The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral
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The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral
The Falcon 9 takes a rest after landing
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The Falcon 9 takes a rest after landing
The Falcon 9 first stage on its way to Cape Canaveral
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The Falcon 9 first stage on its way to Cape Canaveral
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
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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
The Falcon 9 first stage on its way to Cape Canaveral
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The Falcon 9 first stage on its way to Cape Canaveral
The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral
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The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral
The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral
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The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral
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
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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
Lift-off
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The Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral
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The Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral
The Falcon 9 rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral
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The Falcon 9 rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral
Lift-off
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The Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the CRS-10 mission
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The Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the CRS-10 mission
The Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the CRS-10 mission
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The Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the CRS-10 mission
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
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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
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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.

The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral
The Falcon 9 first stage touches down at Cape Canaveral

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)

CRS-10 | Falcon 9 First Stage Landing

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1 comment
LesBorean
Tremendous COOL