SpaceX catches both fairing halves in another first

WATCH: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

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SpaceX's launch from Cape Canaveral on Monday was remarkable in a couple of ways for a rather routine mission.

For one thing, the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace company set a record for the quickest turnaround of the Falcon 9's first stage.

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For another, SpaceX caught both fairing halves for the first time. The fairing, or nosecone, protects the mission’s payload during launch. After it’s served its purpose, the $6 million piece breaks in half and falls back to Earth.

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