SpaceX has launched a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), which would have been big news a few years ago. Now, it happens all the time. However, there is something very important about this most recent flight. For the first time, SpaceX has reused a Falcon 9 for a NASA launch, and this is also the first time it has sent a reused Dragon capsule to the ISS. This is a big step toward 100 percent reusability in space travel.
The launch took place this morning at 10:36 AM Eastern time after a number of delays. The launch at Cape Canaveral went off without a hitch. Not only did the Falcon 9 successfully deliver the Dragon to orbit, it came back down to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX can now refurbish the rocket and use it yet again. The Dragon capsule is expected to reach the ISS on Sunday carrying a load of supplies and new equipment. There might be some Christmas presents in there, too.