Elon Musk and his SpaceX team, witness the historic landing of a Falcon 9 rocket


This was the first time in history that a rocket first stage returned to Earth after propelling an orbital launch mission and achieved a controlled vertical landing. The first attempt to land the first stage of Falcon 9 on a ground pad near the launch site occurred on flight 20, the maiden flight of the Falcon 9 full thrust version, on the evening of December 21, 2015. The landing was successful and the first stage was recovered.