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[b]Falcon 9 fueled for practice countdown[/b]
On Thursday, March 1, SpaceX performed a successful "wet" dress rehearsal for its first launch to the International Space Station, fueling its Dragon capsule-topped Falcon 9 launch vehicle with more than 75,000 gallons of liquid propellant.
The test, which SpaceX described an "important step on the road to the space station," took place as the Dragon-Falcon rocket stood vertical on Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
The pre-launch countdown gave SpaceX the opportunity to test its launcher and ground systems before proceeding with the mission to the space station.
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