This morning SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft full of cargo heading to the International Space Station. The Dragon will berth to the station on Wednesday morning.

After the first stage booster separated from the upper stage, it came back down for a powered landing onto SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral.

Landing Shot from the roof of the VAB – credits Trevor Mahlmann (Hi-Res image)

[ Update: Here is a drone view of the landing:

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Here is a video of the landing as seen during the SpaceX webcast:

After liftoff the rocket disappeared quickly into a cloudy sky:

The launch was the first for SpaceX from Pad 39A, which is the same pad used by most of the Apollo Saturn V launches to the Moon and for most of the Space Shuttle launches. Here is a brief history of the pad:

Update: This Dragon mission has a particular emphasis on science and technology cargo.

Here is a video of a briefing held last Friday on the science payloads: