'Baby Came Back': SpaceX rocket makes smooth landing after launch

Posted at 9:18 AM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 10:55:20-04

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SpaceX chief Elon Musk showed off some pretty incredible video Sunday of the first-stage rocket booster as it returned back to Earth following SpaceX's successful launch.

The leftover 15-story booster landed back at Cape Canaveral eight minutes after liftoff, a feat accomplished only twice before.

Most of SpaceX's eight successful booster landings - rocket recycling at its finest - have used ocean platforms. As they did during the shuttle era, sonic booms heralded Sunday's return.

SpaceX employees at company flight headquarters in Southern California cheered as the rocket landed upright at its designated parking spot at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk celebrated the successful touchdown via Twitter.

"Baby came back," he tweeted.