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July 20, 2016
SpaceX propels cargo to space station, lands rocket
Miami (AFP) July 18, 2016
A SpaceX rocket blasted off Monday toward the International Space Station, carrying a load of supplies for the astronauts living in space, including equipment to enable future spaceships to park at the orbiting outpost. "Falcon 9 is on its way," said a commentator at SpaceX mission control as the white rocket launched under a dark night sky from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:45 am (0445 GMT). Following the launch, the rocket separated, sending the Dragon cargo carrier to orbit. Then, the fi ... read more

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