SpaceX rocket full of sup­plies to reach ISS on Mon­day

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX suc­cess­fully launched an­other load of sta­tion sup­plies for NASA late Fri­day and nailed its 50th rocket land­ing.

The Fal­con rocket blasted off with 4,300 pounds of equip­ment and ex­per­i­ments for the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. Just min­utes later, the spent first-stage booster made a dra­matic mid­night land­ing at Cape Canaveral.

The cap­sule, mean­while, hur­tled to­ward a Mon­day ren­dezvous with the ISS.

It’s the 20th sta­tion de­liv­ery for SpaceX, which has launched nearly 100,000 pounds of goods to the or­bit­ing out­post and re­turned nearly that much back to Earth since it be­gan ship­ments in 2012. Northrop Grum­man is NASA’s other com­mer­cial ship­per.

SpaceX’s first booster land­ing was in 2015.

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