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

Dragon Streaks into the Sky

NASA

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule rises into the Florida sky on the night of Oct. 7, 2012.

Dragon Rides High on the Falcon 9

NASA

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket streaks through the skies above Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit on Oct. 7, 2012.

SpaceX Employees Watch Dragon Launch

SpaceX

SpaceX employees at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. watch the unmanned Dragon capsule blast off toward the International Space Station on Oct. 7, 2012.

Dragon Spacecraft Solar Wings Deployed: CRS-1

SpaceX

This view from a camera aboard SpaceX's Dragon space capsule shows one of the spacecraft's solar arrays deployed just after its successful launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Oct. 7, 2012. The Dragon capsule is flying the first-ever commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Night View

SpaceX

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon space capsule stand poised to launch to the International Space Station just one hour before liftoff (8:35 p.m. ET) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Oct. 7, 2012.

Space Dragon Mission Patch

SpaceX

The official insignia for SpaceX's first NASA-contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station, CRS-1.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Poised for Launch

SpaceX

SpaceX's first cargo-carrying Dragon spacecraft stands atop its Falcon 9 rocket to fly the first commercial supply mission to the International Space Station on Oct. 7, 2012, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Close-Up View of SpaceX's Falcon 9

NASA/Jim Grossmann

In a close-up view, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon capsule attached on top begins a rollout demonstration test to Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This image was taken Oct. 2, 2012.

Dragon Spacecraft Preparation

NASA/Ben Smegelsky

A Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, Dragon spacecraft is being prepared for the company's first Commercial Resupply Services, or CRS-1, mission to the International Space Station. This image was taken Sept. 30, 2012.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rolls Out

NASA/Jim Grossmann

The Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon capsule attached on top is lifted into the vertical position during a rollout demonstration test at Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This image was taken Oct. 2, 2012.

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