SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster That Landed in Ocean Towed to Shore

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that landed in the ocean after Wednesday’s rocket launch is back on dry land.

  • SpaceX booster that landed in ocean tugged back to shore
  • Rocket blasted off 2 days ago from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
  • Elon Musk says booster rocket was still transmitting data
  • RELATED: Next launch from Florida’s Space Coast

Crews towed the floating booster to shore Friday, two days after blasting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The company attempted to land the booster on a landing pad on the ground after launch, but a mechanical glitch forced SpaceX to land it just out to sea.

Soon after, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet that it was not damaged and was still transmitting data.

The launch itself went off without a hitch, blasting off right as the launch window opened at 1:15 p.m. ET. On board was a Dragon capsule full of 5,600 pounds of supplies, on its way to the International Space Station.

The ISS is expected to capture the cargo capsule Saturday morning.