SpaceX launches station supplies, nails 50th rocket landing

Posted at 8:00 AM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 08:00:50-05

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched another load of station supplies for NASA and nailed its 50th rocket landing.

The Falcon rocket blasted off late Friday with 4,300 pounds of equipment and experiments for the International Space Station.

Experiments include an analysis of running shoe cushioning by Adidas, a water droplet study by Delta faucet company, and snippings of grape vines.

The Dragon is also carrying snacks for the astronauts like Skittles, Reese's Pieces, and grapefruit and oranges.

Just minutes later, the spent first-stage booster made a dramatic midnight landing back at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Both the booster and the Dragon capsule en route to a Monday rendezvous with the space station are recycled from previous flights.

It's the 20th station delivery for SpaceX. And it's the 50th successful touchdown of a SpaceX booster following liftoff, either on land or at sea.