In Brief
SpaceX just announced plans to launch its Falcon 9 rocket with a payload heading to orbit, and then they will land the craft back on Earth on a moving ship.
A New Way to Land

SpaceX is going to make history…again. Next week (Jan. 17, 2016) the company is going to launch a rocket. This rocket, a Falcon 9, will thrust a payload into orbit, and then it will return to Earth. However, it won’t be burning up in our atmosphere like so many satellites. It also won’t have a crash landing in the ocean.

Instead, the plan is for the rocket to land. And it is going to land upright on a ship, which happens to be moving.

Last month (December 21, 2015), SpaceX made history by launching its Falcon 9 rocket into space and then bringing it back to solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This was the first time that a rocket had launched something to orbit and landed back on the planet safely.