This was the hundredth successful launch of the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket. The company successfully launched a new ISS resupply mission using an upgraded version of the Dragon capsule.
The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Site 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, the company’s 21st cargo mission for NASA and 24th launch of the year. The cargo delivery was also the landmark 100th successful launch of Falcon 9.
About 9 minutes after launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle returned to Earth, landing on one of the SpaceX ships in the Atlantic Ocean. The huge ship called “Of Course I Still Love You” is one of the two evacuation ships in the company’s fleet that catch falling gas pedals and return them to port for further use.