SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida with cargo for the International Space Station

October 18, 2016 – 01:32 am
The view from Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
  • 208-foot tall booster was built and launched privately by Space Exploration Technologies
  • The spaceship is loaded with more than 5, 000 pounds of equipment, supplies and science experiments, including 20 live mice for medical experiments, a prototype 3-D printer and an instrument to monitor ocean wind speeds
  • Sunday's launch was the second in two weeks for California-based SpaceX, the fastest turnaround between missions since Falcon 9 rockets began flying in June 2010

The mission, which was delayed one day by poor weather, is the fourth under the company's 12-flight .6 billion NASA contract for cargo delivery services|

An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday to deliver a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA.

The 208-foot tall booster, built and launched by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, bolted off its seaside launch pad at 1:52 a.m., slicing the night-time sky with a bright plume of light as it headed into orbit.

Ten minutes later, the Dragon cargo capsule perched on top of the rocket was released to begin a two-day journey to the space station, a $100 billion research complex that flies about 260 miles above Earth.

The view from Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

The mission, which was delayed one day by poor weather, is the fourth under the company's 12-flight $1.6 billion NASA contract for cargo delivery services

The spaceship is loaded with more than 5, 000 pounds of equipment, supplies and science experiments, including 20 live mice for medical experiments, a prototype 3-D printer and an instrument to monitor ocean wind speeds.

The mission, which was delayed one day by poor weather, is the fourth under the company's 12-flight $1.6 billion NASA contract for cargo delivery services.

Sunday's launch was the second in two weeks for California-based SpaceX, the fastest turnaround between missions since Falcon 9 rockets began flying in June 2010.

The spaceship is loaded with more than 5, 000 pounds of equipment, supplies and science experiments, including 20 live mice for medical experiments, a prototype 3-D printer and an instrument to monitor ocean wind speeds

The spaceship is loaded with more than 5,000 pounds of equipment, supplies and science experiments, including 20 live mice for medical experiments, a prototype 3-D printer and an instrument to monitor ocean wind speeds NASA also awarded Boeing a $4.2 billion contract to develop and fly a second space taxi. The price difference is primarily the cost of the launcher

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

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