The landing of the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on July 6, 2017.
It was the second time a Falcon 9 booster has landed at the site since the Falcon 1 booster was first launched in 2004.
The Falcon 9 landed on its second try on Friday (July 7), but the first time since that booster’s debut in 2006 did it land successfully.
On Thursday, the booster finally landed in an area that had been considered off-limits due to the construction of the Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4) and its associated rocket pad and rocket silo complex.
The booster’s third attempt came on Friday afternoon (July 8), when the Falcon 10 landed in the same area.
“Falcon 9 booster landing at Cape Canaveral,” the Associated Press caption read.
The AP caption included a photo of the landing site and the words “Falcom.”
A Falcon 9 test stand on July 7, 2017 at Cape.
Credit: AP photo / Joe Raedle / Getty Images.
The SpaceX logo is seen in the foreground of a Falcon 10 rocket during the landing attempt.
Credit, AP: Getty Images/Joe Raedles / Getty images.
The landing site was not exactly where one would expect a landing pad to be.
A large portion of the pad had been completely covered by concrete for the launch of the rocket and was still fully visible.
It’s unclear if the booster’s landing was successful.
It is unclear whether the booster was launched from the pad or if the Falcon Heavy, a more powerful rocket originally designed to carry heavier payloads, carried the rocket into orbit.
If it was the former, then the booster will have been able to land on its third attempt.
SpaceX said in a statement to CNN that it’s been working with NASA to try to get a second landing at SLC-3, but that the agency was not going to be able to do so for a while due to restrictions.
The pad has been a point of contention for years, due to its proximity to the launch pad.
SpaceX has tried to get an access permit from NASA for the pad, but to no avail.