TOPSHOTS Space X's Falcon 9 rocket launches on Jan. 10, 2015 as it heads to space from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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By Michael Lester
January 10, 2015

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch early Saturday was a success, despite the failed soft landing attempt of the rocket booster at sea.

See TIME’s senior science writer and editor at large, Jeff Kluger, explain the history and importance of SpaceX.

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