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SpaceX Successfully Returns To Space

Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully returned to space on Saturday with a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, launching ten Iridium satellites into orbit, and successfully landing the first stage of the rocket an its barge at sea. The SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg at 9:54 a.m. on Saturday, and was the first launch for the space rocket developer since a catastrophic failure in September. That failure has been traced to the failure of a high pressure helium vessel in the Falcon 9's second stage liquid oxygen tank.


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