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Watch SpaceX’s Reusable Rocket Fly Back To Earth [VIDEO]

Space Launch Complex 40 is illuminated by a Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off at 8:35 p.m. EDT carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, October 7, 2012. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, built both the rocket and capsule for NASA Space Launch Complex 40 is illuminated by a Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off at 8:35 p.m. EDT carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, October 7, 2012. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, built both the rocket and capsule for NASA's first Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. REUTERS/NASA/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR38WPN  

Private space exploration company SpaceX just released a new video shot from a plane showing its reusable Falcon 9 rocket returning to Earth for a soft splashdown after launching six satellites into orbit last month.

The video shows the rocket’s first stage plummeting toward Earth vertically before re-firing its 9 Merlin 1C engines for a soft vertical splashdown in the Atlantic.

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The company released another video of the landing shot from a camera mounted on the rocket itself last month, but the new footage gives a stunning view of the rocket’s impressive landing shot from the perspective of a chase plane, which cuts away right before the rocket tips over into the water.

Falcon 9s have only made water landings following real missions to date — which prevent the rockets from being reused — but thanks to data gathered from this and other previous launches, SpaceX believes it will soon be able to make a vertical touchdown on dry land. (RELATED: SpaceX Releases Video Of Its Reusable Rocket Landing [VIDEO])

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