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SpaceX launches commercial spacecraft on historic first flight to space station
[i]A fire-breathing Dragon set ablaze the early morning sky over Florida on Tuesday (May 22), creating a new and symbolic dawn for the future of U.S. spaceflight.
The Dragon, SpaceX's unmanned cargo capsule, launched on the company's first mission to fly to the International Space Station, a first for any private spacecraft and a trailblazer for NASA's burgeoning commercial orbital transportation system (COTS) program.
Lifting off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Dragon soared toward space at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT). The launch marked SpaceX's third Falcon 9 launch and its second Dragon to enter orbit.[/i]
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