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SpaceX Dragon capsule launched to space station

October 8, 2012 • National News


A 71-second exposure as seen from Port Canaveral, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, bringing supplies destined for the ISS into orbit. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Malcolm Denemark)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.

It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring.

This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear on this truly operational mission. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents.

The company’s unmanned Falcon rocket roared into the night sky right on time, putting SpaceX on track to reach the space station Wednesday. The complex was soaring southwest of Tasmania Login to read more

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