The Falcon 9 touched down on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral. Image Credit: YouTube / SpaceX
Elon Musk's private space firm has managed to pull off a vertical rocket landing for the first time.
Not to be outdone by Blue Origin's BE-3 rocket which successfully launched a spacecraft before returning to the Earth last month, SpaceX has now taken things one step further by using its own Falcon 9 rocket to launch 11 satellites in to orbit before coming in to land at Cape Canaveral.
The impressive feat, which represents a major leap forward in the development of reusable rockets, follows on from a string of unsuccessful attempts which had set the company back several months.