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Launch Photos: SpaceX's Next-Gen Falcon 9 Rocket Soars on 1st Flight

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket V 1.1: Launch View Down

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A camera aboard SpaceX's first upgraded Falcon 9 rocket shows the view down after launching from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sept. 29, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket V 1.1: Split View

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A split view of the first upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised to launch from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept. 29, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket V 1.1 Ready

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An upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised to launch from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept. 29, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

CASSIOPE Satellite Artist's Concept

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Artist's concept of the Cascade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite. The Canadian Space Agency satellite launched into orbit aboard SpaceX's new upgraded Falcon 9 rocket. [Read the Full Story Here]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Octaweb

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The new circular Octaweb engine arrangement of SpaceX's nine Falcon 9 Merlin 1D engines is seen in this image. [Read the Full Story Here]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket V 1.1

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An upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised to launch from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in September 2013. Liftoff set for Sept. 29, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

SpaceX New Falcon 9 Engine Test

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SpaceX's new upgraded Falcon 9 rocket undergoes an static fire engine test on Sept. 19, 2013 ahead of a Sept. 29 launch testfrom Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. [Read the Full Story Here]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket V 1.1 Atop Pad

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An upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised to launch from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in September 2013. Liftoff set for Sept. 29, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]

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