Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX had another first to celebrate today after they successfully launched a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule into space. The rocket was intended as a Christmas delivery for NASA, with it's final destination being the International Space Station. The unmanned rocket blasted off today after a six month turnaround with the previously flown 'Dragon' supply ship.
The Dragon was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where sonic booms could be heard as the recycled rockets were sent on their journey into the great beyond. The capsule is said to be carrying 5,000 lbs of goods, including mice for a muscle-wasting study, and an impact sensor sent by Budweiser for a germination experiment. (Looks like Bud is trying to expand their market into the extraterrestrial realm.)
Musk joined his employees at the SpaceX headquarters in California to cheer on the successful first launch of a recycled rocket and capsule. While living in space is looking better and better each day, for now you'll have to settle for watching the launch from Earth, here: