SpaceX Dragon Launches on 1st Space Station Cargo Trip (Photos)

Falcon 9 and Dragon Liftoff

NASA/Glenn Benson

Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is illuminated by a Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off on Oct. 7, 2012 carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit.

Engines Ignite for SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

NASA/Tony Gray and Rick Wetherington

Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida comes alive as the Merlin engines ignite under the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit on Oct. 7, 2012.

Falcon 9 Rocket Lifts Off

NASA/Glenn Benson

Plumes of exhaust and smoke billow around the lightning masts on Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as a Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on Oct. 7, 2012 carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit.

SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Rises off the Pad

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SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule lifts off the pad atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket on Oct. 7, 2012, kicking off the first-ever bona fide supply run for a private American spaceship.

Falcon 9 and Dragon Liftoff

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Liftoff of Falcon 9 and Dragon from Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, Fl. on Oct. 7, 2012.

Falcon 9 rocket Lifts Off

NASA/Glenn Benson

A rumble is heard across the Space Coast as a Falcon 9 rocket lifts off Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Oct. 7, 2012, carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit.

Looking Down on Dragon's Launch

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A view looking down at SpaceX's Dragon capsule as it lifts off the pad on Oct. 7, 2012.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launch

NASA/Gianni Woods

Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is illuminated by a Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off on Oct. 7, 2012 carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit.

SpaceX's Falcon 9

NASA/Gianni Woods

Plumes of exhaust and smoke billow around the lightning masts on Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as a Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on Oct. 7, 2012 carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit.

Falcon 9 and Dragon Liftoff

NASA/Ken Allen

At Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule lifts off on Oct. 7, 2012.

Dragon Launches on First Cargo Run to Space Station

SpaceX

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule launches toward the International Space Station on Oct. 7, 2012, kicking off the first-ever bona fide cargo run for a private American spaceship.

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