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Fly to space and back with SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in amazing video

• By Mike Wall

A new video provides an epic view of a historic SpaceX mission.

On Tuesday morning (Jan. 3), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched on a "rideshare" mission called Transporter-6 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, carrying 114 satellites to orbit for a variety of customers.

Transporter-6 was the 200th orbital flight for SpaceX since the company's 2002 founding. And it was the 15th mission for this particular Falcon 9's first stage, tying a SpaceX reuse record.

The first stage chronicled its journey to space and back with an onboard camera, the footage from which SpaceX released via Twitter(opens in new tab) on Thursday morning (Jan. 5). 

The video accelerates the action considerably, compressing liftoff and landing into just 90 seconds. (In reality, the booster touched down successfully at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1 about 8.5 minutes after launch.)