Falcon 9 rocket had just shot 200km up into space and flown almost horizontal to the planet at six times the speed of sound, before falling back to Earth. Then, somehow, it landed like a feather on a robotic barge in the ocean. The Falcon even found time to put an inflatable space habitat into orbit, too. [arstechnica]
The Shepard space vehicle completed its test flight to an altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before landing back at base.
This pilot’s got skills! He had to drop a doctor at the scene of a car accident and this was the only way to “land”
What is interesting here is that while most rockets are designed to burn up in the atmosphere during reentry, SpaceX's rockets are being designed to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing and intact.
SpaceX's Grasshopper flied up to 820 feet (250m) and returned safely to its launch pad, vertically.