Photos: 100th Liftoff from Kennedy’s LC-39A & Falcon 9 Booster Landing

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center at 21:07 UTC on June 3, 2017 on a ten-minute climb to orbit with the Dragon SpX-11 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station for a high-profile cargo delivery, also marking the first time a Dragon vehicle is re-used. This marked the 100th liftoff from LC-39A, the former Saturn V and Shuttle launch pad.

The Falcon 9 first stage reversed course after dispatching the second stage, returning to Cape Canaveral for a landing in Landing Zone 1 seven minutes and 41 seconds after blastoff; Stage 2 executed a deorbit maneuver on its first lap around the Earth.

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All Photos below: NASA – Bill Ingalls



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