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The competition heats up: SpaceX has successfully launched a Dragon freighter to ISS.
As importantly, they have also landed the first stage successfully in Florida. At this point, they are demonstrating that they have the basics of this task down pat, and can now reliably return that first stage on practically every mission.
Next step: Reuse a first stage, coming later this year.