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SpaceX launches Block 5 rocket into space

Posted: 8:53 AM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 12:56:21Z

(NBC) - The newest version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was launched early early Sunday morning at Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX launched its Block 5 rocket at 1:50 a.m., sending a Telstar 19 Vantage satellite into orbit 22,000 miles above the equator.

The device is a Canadian telecommunications satellite.

The reusable part of the rocket came back to Earth less than nine minutes later, landing on a ship off the coast of Florida.

The mission started a new phase for SpaceX, which is pushing to fly reusable rockets repeatedly into space.

This was SpaceX's thirteenth launch this year.

Courtesy of NBC News Channel