In Brief
SpaceX makes history by launching its Falcon 9 rocket into space to deliver 11 Orbcomm communications satellites, while its first stage booster returns to Earth for a soft landing.
A Historic Day

SpaceX made history today by launching its Falcon 9 rocket into space and back to solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was originally scheduled for Sunday, but it slipped back to Monday (December 21, 2015) in favor of a 10 percent higher chance of a good landing, according to Elon Musk (the head of SpaceX).

This marks the first time that SpaceX has been able to achieve a soft landing with the Falcon 9 post-launch, and it also marks a huge step forward for reusable rockets.