The future is now. A fifteen story tall rocket has been successfully returned to earth under control and in one piece from orbit. This opens a brand new era in cheaper, reusable rockets. If SpaceX continues on the path they intend, there will come a day when every stage of the rocket will return to earth for refurbishing and reuse. As yesterday, December 21, 2015, was the day both this happened and my wife and I saw Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, this was a great day all around.
If you're curious about what Blue Origins managed compared to this flight by SpaceX, see: http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/24/9793220/blue-origin-vs-spacex-rocket-landing-jeff-bezos-elon-musk
For the full story (in video) of the historic flight, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2015/12/orbcomm-2-full-launch-webcast.html