Watch replays of the launch and landing of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station. The SpaceX commercial launch vehicle lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 10:36am EST (1536 GMT) on December 15, 2017. The rocket’s first stage landed back at the Cape less than eight minutes later.
International Launch Services, facing headwinds in a commercial launch market now largely shaped by billionaires and satellite miniaturization, has touted a new relationship with the Russian space agency and Glavkosmos as a means to drive down Proton rocket prices, make Russian space industry more friendly to the commercial market, and diversify its offerings.
Astronaut Scott Kelly, re-adapting to gravity, people and wide open spaces after a record 340 days cooped up aboard the International Space Station, said Friday his muscles and joints are a bit sore — “just about all of ’em” — his skin is surprisingly sensitive and “I never felt completely normal up there.”