Here, SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket is backlit by a Florida sunset during its first vertical perch atop a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad in Jan. 2009.
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Every Picture Tells A Story
Credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com
The Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon Spacecraft: See the craft in detail, plus how it stacks up to a Russian Soyuz rocket and NASA's space shuttles.
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SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket stands vertical atop its Space Launch Complex 40 pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Jan. 2009.
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The Creator has a Master Plan
SpaceX's Falcon 9 is being readied for its debut flight in 2010. PayPal co-founder turned rocketeer Elon Musk has backed the venture.
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Let's Put It All Together
Flight hardware for the inaugural launch of Falcon 9 rocket undergoing final integration in the hangar at SpaceX's Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida. Components include: Dragon spacecraft qualification unit (left), second stage with Merlin Vacuum engine (center), first stage with nine Merlin 1C engines (right).
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Are You Ready?
Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket stands atop its launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in late Feb. 2010 for final tests ahead of its maiden test flight.
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Ready, Steady, Go!
Credit: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
The commercial spaceflight company SpaceX successfully test fires the nine-engine first stage of its first Falcon 9 rocket on March 13, 2010 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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You Complete Me
SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket is completely integrated at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for its launch debut in 2010.
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The engineering model of the SpaceX Dragon capsule is to be on hand for public viewing at the Air and Space Expo.
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One Way of Another
An artist's concept of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle and Dragon crew and cargo capsules.
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More Than This
The Dragon qualification unit being outfitted with test Draco thruster housings. Depending on mission requirements, Dragon will carry as many as eighteen Draco thrusters per capsule.
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Tonight When I Chase the Dragon
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship approaches the International Space Station in this artist's illustration.
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An artist's interpretation of a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship docked at the International Space Station
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No Static Atoll
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket builds on the success of its smaller Falcon 1 rocket. Here, the fifth Falcon 1 rocket launches the RazakSat communications satellite for Malaysia from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean on July 13, 2009 EDT.
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Don't Look Back
A camera on fifth SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket reveals the limb of the Earth as the rocket hauls Malaysia's RazakSAT satellite to orbit on July 13, 2009.
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Must I Paint You a Picture?
An illustration of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft lifting off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral, FL.