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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully lands on Just Read the Instructions drone ship

After four astronauts were launched to the International Space Station, the first stage booster of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship.

SpaceX shared a video showing the booster setting up its landing legs and then settling on the JRTI’s landing platform. This video was greeted with cheers by the command center.

JRTI is an autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) that acts as a modified barge, outfitted with a landing platform for boosters at sea that don’t have enough fuel for a return-to-launch-site landing.

Wednesday’s mission was the first in 20 years that a Russian cosmonaut launched from the U.S. and launched to the International Space Station with NASA and Japanese astronauts, despite tensions surrounding the conflict in Ukraine.

Anna Kikina was Russia’s only female cosmonaut. She was joined by Marine Col.

Nicole Mann (the first Native American woman in orbit around the globe) and Navy Capt. Josh Cassada. They were joined by Koichi Wakata from Japan Space Agency, who was making his fifth spaceflight.

They will arrive at the station on Thursday 29 hours after leaving NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. They won’t return to Earth until March. They will replace an American-Italian team that arrived in April.

The state’s last week’s hurricane Ian caused delays to their SpaceX flight. The weather was perfect as the Falcon rocket flew into brilliant noontime skies.

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