A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 9.39 AM local time on Sunday, and returned to land unscathed for future missions.
The astonishing 70-metre tall rocket was carrying a Dragon cargo ship that contained food and supplies for the International Space Station (ISS).
Nine minutes after the rocket launched, the cargo ship separated from Falcon 9 leaving the supplies in low-earth orbit.
The Dragon cargo ship will now remain in orbit until it reaches the ISS on Wednesday.
Elon Musk's SpaceX succesfully landed a rocket
Jessica Jensen, the director of Dragon mission management at SpaceX, said: “All is looking great.
“We’re not expecting any issues.”
The launch was the first from SpaceX since September when one of the rockets exploded on the launchpad.
The Falcon 9 launched on Sunday
The setback was still obviously on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s mind, who had cancelled the original launch.
The Falcon 9 was scheduled for takeoff on the Saturday, but Mr Musk said that he and his team noted a technical anomaly just seconds before the originally scheduled launch.
The South African-born billionaire wrote on Twitter: “System was green for launch. I called it off.”
The rocket delivered supplies to the ISS
He then added: “1% chance isn’t worth rolling the dice. Better to wait a day.”
However, Mr Musk could not contain his excitement after the rocket successfully landed, posting a video of the event to Instagram along with the caption “Baby came back”.
To add further significance to the launch, it was the debut of SpaceX’s Kennedy's Launch Complex 39A.
SpaceX hopes to launch manned missions next year
The launchpad was originally used back in the 1960s to blast the first men towards the moon and was last used by Nasa in 2011 as part of the Space Shuttle Missions.
However, SpaceX signed a 20-year lease on the pad and will be hoping to put astronauts in its ships to send into space as early as next year from the site.
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Ms Jensen told assembled journalists: "It was really awesome to see 39A roar back to life.
"This is a huge deal for us."