Falcon 9 First Stage Sticks the Landing!

CRS-21 first stage landing
The first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully lands on a droneship on Dec. 6, 2020, after carrying the uncrewed cargo Dragon spacecraft to orbit for SpaceX’s 21st Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-21) mission. Photo credit: NASA

The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage has successfully landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. This marks the 100th successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage, and the 35th landing on a droneship. This was the fourth flight for this particular first stage – one of those being the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission that carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station.

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

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