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SpaceX launches rocket to space station


SpaceX launches rocket to space station

Dragon capsule to carry supplies to ISS

Published On: May 22 2012 03:47:45 AM EDT  Updated On: May 22 2012 08:55:06 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -SpaceX sent its Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon capsule soaring off a Cape Canaveral launch pad early Tuesday, heading for an historic rendezvous with the International Space Station.

The rocket lifted off into dark skies above the Space Coast at 3:44 a.m.

Some 11 minutes after launch, the solar arrays deployed on the Dragon spacecraft, prompting cheers and high-fives among SpaceX employees in the Hawthorne, Calif. mission control center. The solar array deployment had been considered the first big post-launch test.

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