Range Tracking

Plummeting faster than the speed of sound

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SpaceX launched the ninth of its commercial resupply missions for NASA to the International Space Station on 18 July 2016 at 12:45 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Besides getting the Dragon spacecraft successfully off into orbit, the first stage booster was successfully flown back to a safe touchdown on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral. These images show the entry burn as the engines fire to slow the booster as it falls from a high altitude while traveling faster than the speed of sound.

Click here to view more images of the launch and landing.

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