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What the SpaceX landing means for the private space industry




A screenshot showing the booster landing at Cape Canaveral on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.
A screenshot showing the booster landing at Cape Canaveral on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.
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What goes up must come down, but that doesn't mean it comes down smoothly and safely.

Which is why the successful landing of a Falcon 9 rocket Monday night elicited a roar cheers from SpaceX employees.

The rocket launched 11 satellites before returning safe and sound just outside Cape Canaveral, Florida.

KPCC's very own space guy Sanden Totten explains why the SpaceX landing is a big deal.