SpaceX just released some stunning launch photos of Falcon 9's return to flight on January 14.
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The private space company grounded it's rockets for months while it investigated the cause of the September explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Eventually concluding that a helium tank caused the issue, Space X rescheduled from its original date of January 9.
But, Sunday's launch was a success, and the photos look incredible. The rocket launched with 10 Iridium NEXT communication satellites, creating a new data network part of Space X's role in building the huge, 95-member satellite constellation and the largest commercial rocket deal in history.
Watch the full launch: