The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket seconds after ignition on Sunday morning. Photo from video
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket seconds after ignition on Sunday morning. Photo from video

Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station on Sunday and landed the booster back at Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

The successful launch at 6:38 a.m. Pacific Time came one day after an aborted try on Saturday, halted because of possible problems with the second stage.

It was the first SpaceX launch from Florida since one of the company’s rockets exploded on a pad there in September.

It also marked the first time a rocket has taken off from Launch Complex 39A since 2011, when NASA ended the space shuttle program.

The historic launch complex was also used for the Apollo missions.

Landing of the first-stage booster back at Cape Canaveral came at 6:47 a.m. and two minutes later the Dragon spacecraft was confirmed in a good orbit.

The Dragon is full of supplies for the International Space Station. The spacecraft is expected to return to Earth March 21.

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