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Photos: SpaceX Dragon Launches on Third Flight to Space Station

Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS-2 Launch

Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS-2 Launch

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched on the CRS-2 cargo mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, FL, on March 1, 2013.

Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS-2 Launch #2

Ben Cooper/SpaceX

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched on the CRS-2 cargo mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, FL, on March 1, 2013.

Falcon 9 SpaceX CRS-2 Launch

Ben Cooper/SpaceX

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched on the CRS-2 cargo mission to the ISS from Cape Canaveral, FL, on March 1, 2013.

Falcon 9 Vertical in Darkness

SpaceX

Overnight, Falcon 9 went vertical on the pad at Cape Canaveral, FL, before launch on March 1, 2013.

Late Cargo Load into Dragon Capsule

SpaceX

Late cargo is loaded into Dragon before launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, FL, on March 1, 2013.

Falcon 9 and Dragon at Break of Day

SpaceX

Sun rises over SpaceX’s launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL, with the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule ready to go to space on March 1, 2013.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dragon CRS-2

NASA/George Roberts

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars skyward after launching from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. EST on March 1, 2013, carrying a Dragon capsule filled with cargo toward the International Space Station. It is SpaceX's third Dragon flight to the station and second cargo mission for NASA.

Falcon 9 Blazes Into Space

NASA/Tony Gray and Robert Murray

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:10 a.m. EST, March 1, 2013, carrying a Dragon capsule filled with cargo.

SpaceX Dragon in Orbit: CRS-2 Mission

SpaceX

SpaceX's Dragon space capsule is seen from a camera aboard its Falcon 9 rocket after separating from the booster following its March 1, 2013 launch toward the International Space Station on the second cargo mission for NASA. The spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 10:10 a.m. ET.

Dragon Capsule Seen From the International Space Station

Chris Hadfield (via Twitter as @Cmdr_Hadfield)

Commander Chris Hadfield, aboard the International Space Station, tweeted this photo on March 1, 2013, following the launch of SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral, FL. He wrote: "Far behind us in the distance we spotted a Dragon roaring up through the clouds, coming to catch us. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/gRzR6cGGTg"

Falcon 9 Rocket's Powerful Engines Burning

NASA/Bill White

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket races into a cloudy sky over Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying a Dragon capsule filled with cargo to orbit. Launch was at 10:10 a.m. EST, March 1, 2013.

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