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The Sciences

Falcon 9, Flight 1

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollJune 4, 2010 11:13 PM


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SpaceX, a private company that is developing the capability to launch both manned and unmanned missions into space, today successfully launched their Falcon 9 launch vehicle into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This is the rocket that is designed to eventually deliver Dragon spacecraft to low Earth orbit, including to the International Space Station. It was quite a thrill to watch the launch live on webcam -- there was one little glitch that delayed the flight at the very moment of planned launch, but they quickly recovered and made a successful attempt within today's launch window. Congratulations to SpaceX! Video via Steinn.

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