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Photos: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Reusable Rocket Test & Dragon Cargo Launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 for CRS-5

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft stand poised to launch on a the fifth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA on Jan. 6, 2015. The mission, which will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, will include a daring test of SpaceX's reusable rocket landing technology on an ocean platform.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ready

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised to launch a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Jan. 10, 2014. It is the fifth SpaceX delivery mission for NASA.

SpaceX Static Fire Test Before CRS-5 Launch

SpaceX (via Twitter as @SpaceX)

On Dec. 19, 2014, SpaceX tweeted this image of their Falcon 9 rocket, writing: "Successful static fire test completed today ahead of CRS-5 launch."

SpaceX Landing Leg

SpaceX (via Twitter as @SpaceX)

On Dec. 18, 2014, SpaceX tweeted this photo, writing: "Transformation complete – the landing leg at SpaceX HQ got a facelift." This is the before photo.

SpaceX Landing Leg Transformed

SpaceX (via Twitter as @SpaceX)

On Dec. 18, 2014, SpaceX tweeted this photo, writing: "Transformation complete – the landing leg at SpaceX HQ got a facelift." This is the after photo.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing Legs

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket deploys landing legs just before a soft water landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX Falcon 9

SpaceX

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launch pad in September 2014.

Protein Networks Studied by ISS Experiment

NASA

An experiment housed flying to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX CRS-5 cargo resupply mission could help researchers understand Alzheimer's disease and similar conditions. Protein networks seen here in microscopic view cause brain damage. Image released Dec. 15, 2014.

Students from Bert Edwards Science & Technology School

ert Edwards Science & Technology School

Students from Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada and principal Paul Hembling display their investigation to launch on the SpaceX CRS-5 cargo resupply mission. Image released Jan. 5, 2015.

NanoRacks Mix-Stix

NanoRacks, LLC

NanoRacks Mix-Stix will be used by the student investigations on the NanoRacks-National Center for Earth and Space Science Education-Yankee Clipper, flying aboard the SpaceX CRS-5 cargo resupply mission. Image released Jan. 5, 2015.

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