Rick Littlefield sees all kinds of tourists as he drives them around Port Canaveral as part of the Cove Hopper tour.
On Tuesday, there's one big topic of conversation hard to ignore.
"They're saying they've never seen something so spectacular," said Littlefield.
Sure, there was a beautiful nighttime rocket launch. But what they're talking about is the landing. A rocket booster engine ignited, just seconds before slowly and gently landing at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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It was seen by countless crowds around the area, including Littlefield from his Cape Canaveral condo.
"It was just amazing to see the booster come back and land," he smiled.
It’s something never accomplished during a space mission. Blue Origin landed a rocket last month in Texas, but that was during a test flight, not an actual mission.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Monday night on its return to flight mission, this time delivering a satellite to orbit.
But what everyone wanted to see -- and hear -- was the first stage booster separate, then fall back to Earth under control, fire its engine and land just a couple miles away from where it launched minutes before.
On Tuesday, SpaceX provided a media boat tour where you can see the booster in the very spot it landed.
It has some wear and tear after its 10-minute flight, but otherwise can be re-used -- the purpose of the landing.
For Rick, having events like this happen here will bring even more people to the Space Coast.
"For years to come. This is just the beginning," he said.
SpaceX has a dozen missions in 2016, including at least one where we will see this landing again.