The Best SpaceX Photos (So Far)

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SpaceX's Orbcomm begins its ascent into the sky. SpaceX
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch

SpaceX, the poster child of commercial space flight, has been capturing our imaginations since the company was founded back in 2002, though it took them until 2010 to successfully return a craft from low-Earth orbit. Now, almost six full years from that first successful mission, SpaceX is leading humanity’s charge into space. Their latest feat, landing a Falcon 9 rocket on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean, was a major accomplishment that was picked up by news outlets all over the world. The hope, for the Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO, anyway, is to eventually use SpaceX technology to get to Mars and eventually set up a colony. With so much ahead of them, let’s take a look back at some of their best moments through photos.

SpaceX Grasshopper in the air
bird's-eye view of the SpaceX Grasshopper launch
SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on a cloudy evening
light streaks of the SpaceX Falcon 9 taking off and landing
SpaceX Dragon capsule above the launch pad
SpaceX Dragon capsule in orbit
bird's-eye view of the SpaceX Dragon capsule orbiting the Earth
SpaceX Falcon and Dragon lift off from their launch pad on a sunny day
closeup of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch
SpaceX Falcon 9 landing on a barge in the middle of the ocean
SpaceX team looking at an aircraft
SpaceX Merlin 1D test fire