SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Lands!

The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket used for launching the 28th commercial resupply mission for NASA touches down on the company’s drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” on June 5, 2023. Photo credit: NASA

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage sticks the landing, touching down on the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” in the Atlantic Ocean. Today’s launch marked the fifth flight for this Falcon 9, and it is the fourth SpaceX Dragon flight to the International Space Station this year, the most recent being Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) – the second all private astronaut mission to the International Space Station – which lifted off at 5:37 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 21, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Coming up next, Dragon will separate from the rocket’s second stage to continue its journey to the space station.