SpaceX successfully launches ISS resupply mission

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket took off Sunday for the first time from launch pad 39A, a historic facility under lease from NASA, and delivered to orbit an uncrewed supply ship heading for the International Space Station.

A SpaceX Falcon rocket has blasted off from a historic NASA launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Other than this SpaceX has also successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. The top of the rocket is the Dragon spacecraft where all of the goods to resupply the International Space Station are stored. It was also the site of the Space Shuttle missions that ran from 1981 to 2011 and had not been used for more than six years. Apollo 8, the first mission to fly astronauts to the moon, and Apollo 11, the first flight to land humans on the lunar surface, both began their iconic journeys from Pad 39A.

The video below is the technical webcast of the CRS-10 launch.

"Science investigations launching on Dragon include commercial and academic research investigations that will enable researchers to advance their knowledge of the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges astronauts face during long-duration spaceflight".




Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, wants his company to be at the forefront of the race involving several companies to deploy satellite-based internet services over the next few years. NASA built two main launch pads during the Apollo program, 39A and 39B.

In a standard rocket launch, the first fuel stage detaches and drops down to crash into the ocean. Make no mistake, Musk was delighted with the successful return of the Falcon 9's stage one boosters, as he posted a photo of the landing on his Instagram along with a simple message.

The launch came after efforts to blast off on Saturday were postponed due to a possible problem with the steering system. The accident during prelaunch testing heavily damaged that pad.

The company plans to launch its first previously flown - or as SpaceX likes to say "flight-tested" - rocket in March, marking another milestone in the storied life of 39A.

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