Launch Pictures: SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Roars to Space Station

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket: Top View


This view from a SpaceX rocket shows a top view of a Falcon 9 rocket atop its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad just before a May 22, 2012 launch of its Dragon space capsule.

The Dragon Spacecraft Being Rotated


The Dragon spacecraft being rotated before it is mated to the Falcon 9 rocket in SpaceX’s hangar in Cape Canaveral, FL.

SpaceX Falcon 9 On Launch Pad


SpaceX fuels the Falcon 9 rocket carrying its first space station-bound Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 22, 2012.

Dragon Spacecraft at the International Space Station


Artist’s rendition of the Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launch Site: Florida


This still from a NASA webcast shows the location of SpaceX's Florida launch site for the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket/Dragon Capsule at Night

NASA/Jim Grossmann

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands topped with an unmanned Dragon space capsule - the first commercial spacecraft ever to launch to the International Space Station - on May 17, 2012. The rocket and Dragon are due to launch on May 19, 2012 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Second Stage View on SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket


This photo shows the view from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket's second stage looking down at the launch pad. The booster successfully carried the Dragon capsule into orbit on May 22, 2012.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Abort


SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket launching toward the International Space Station ignites its nine main engines briefly in this NASA photo shortly before aborting the launch try on May 19, 2012 due to an unexpected engine sensor reading. The Falcon 9 rocket will now launch the Dragon cargo capsule to the space station on May 22.

Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon at Launch Pad


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station is seen resting atop SpaceX’s launch site in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SpaceX’s Launch Control Center


SpaceX engineers prepare for the launch at SpaceX’s launch control center in Cape Canaveral, FL.

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