Photos: SpaceX Dragon Launches on Third Flight to Space Station

SpaceX Mission Control Prior to Falcon 9 Launch


SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted this photo of mission control prior to the Falcon 9 rocket launch on March 1, 2013.

SpaceX Employees Gather to Watch Falcon 9 Launch


SpaceX employees gather in their Hawthorne, CA, facility to watch their Falcon 9 spacecraft launch to the ISS on March 1, 2013.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 on Launch Pad


SpaceX's private rocket, Falcon 9, stands on the pad at Cape Canaveral, FL, prior to launching the Dragon cargo capsule on March 1, 2013.

SpaceX Webcast Hosts


SpaceX's launch webcast hosts introduce the Falcon 9 launch on March 1, 2013, from their Hawthorne, CA, facilities.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Static Fire Test


On Feb. 25, Falcon 9 and Dragon underwent a successful static fire in preparation for launch to the International Space Station. Engineers ran through all countdown processes as if it were launch day, ending with all nine engines on the rocket firing for nearly two seconds.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Standing on Launch Complex 40

NASA/Jim Grossmann

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket remains standing on Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida following a test firing of the vehicle's nine Merlin first-stage engines. Image released Feb. 25, 2013.

SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft With Solar Array Fairings in Hangar

NASA/Kim Shiflett

The Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, Dragon spacecraft with solar array fairings attached, stands inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The spacecraft will launch on the upcoming SpaceX CRS-2 mission. Image released Jan. 15, 2013.

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Arrives at Cape Canaveral

NASA/Jim Grossmann

A truck carrying the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket arrives at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Nov. 11, 2012.

SpaceX and NASA Mission Patches


Both SpaceX (left) and NASA have designed mission patches for the second Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) flight to the International Space Station.

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