SpaceX will return to scene of its last explosion in December

SpaceX will fly its next mission to the International Space Station in December from launchpad SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, marking the first flight from the pad since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded there in September 2016. The private spaceflight company will use a previously used Dragon spacecraft for this flight, too, one that first flew on the sixth commercial resupply mission for NASA, CRS-6, back in April 2015. This will be the second time SpaceX has reused a Dragon ship; the first was earlier this summer.

The rocket that blew up at SLC-40 last year was being loaded with fuel for a pre-flight test when it erupted in flames on the launchpad. The explosion grounded the company’s spaceflight activities for…

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