KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: It was the 100th launch from Pad 39-A, but a Dragon capsule being re-used from CRS-4 was the star of the launch. At 5:07 PM EDT on June 3, 2017, SpaceX launched a Falcon-9 rocket with about 6,000 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies headed towards the International Space Station.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, having sent its payload on to orbit, lands gently at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1. Photo credit: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
First Stage Successful Landing
The Falcon 9 first stage burned for 2 minutes and 22 seconds. After separation of the second stage at +0:02:25, the first stage boostback burn began at +0:02:38. As the first stage returned to Earth, it was slowed with an entry burn at +0:06:10 and executed a perfect landing at CCAFS LZ-1 at t+0:07:40. This is the fifth successful landing at Landing Zone 1 (formerly Launch Complex 13) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the 11th successful landing overall. There have been five landings in the Atlantic on the drone ship OCISLY and one in the Pacific on the drone ship Just Read the Instructions.
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