SpaceX yesterday made history and caused an Internet frenzy when it launched a rocket into space and successfully manged to bring back the booster to earth, landing it safely on a concrete landing pad. In the wake of SpaceX’s momentous achievement, Jeff Bezos (who owns his own space company) publicly congratulated SpaceX via Twitter, as did NASA.

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While the entire booster landing was initially viewed as part of SpaceX’s livestream of the event, the space transport company late on Monday updated its Flickr page with a number of high-resolution photographs of the astounding landing. Not only that, but SpaceX also provided us with crisper video footage of the landing. We’ve compiled a selection of the best shots for your viewing pleasure below.

Below is a shot which showcases the scale of the concrete landing pad where the rocket booster landed. That’s a person standing right there in the middle in case you couldn’t tell.

space x landing pad

But on to the good stuff. Here we have a long exposure shot showcasing the rocket launch, re-entry, and landing burns.

landing burns

In this photo, we have another shot of the booster landing.

first stage landing

Next we have a nice still of the first stage landing right before making impact.

spacex landing

And of course, here’s the booster resting comfortably after a successful landing.

spacex booster landing shot

And now for some video. Here’s some high quality footage of the landing taken from a helicopter.

And in case you missed it the first time, you absolutely must watch the scene from inside SpaceX as the booster approached and hit a perfect landing. It’s a rousing viewing experience to say the least. Fast forward to about 31:30 into the video and enjoy.

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