Photos: SpaceX's Rocket Landing Test and 6th Dragon Cargo Flight

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon Capsule


The landing legs on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket can be seen folded up against the hull of the booster's first stage. During the landing attempt, they will fold down for the attempted touchdown.

Just Read The Instructions


The SpaceX drone ship Just Read The Instructions is the landing target for the April 13, 2015 reusable Falcon 9 rocket test. The ship will be positioned in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-6 Static Fire


To prepare for the April 13 launch, SpaceX test fired the nine Merlin engines on the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage, clearing the way for the launch.

SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Ahead of Cargo Launch


The April 13, 2015 launch will mark SpaceX's sixth cargo flight to the International Space Station for NASA under a $1.6 billion deal for 12 such flights.

Dragon Capsule Leaving SpaceX Headquarters

SpaceX (via Flickr as SpaceX Photos)

SpaceX's sixth Dragon cargo ship is shipped out of the company's Hawthorne, California factory for its April 13, 2015 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

SpaceX Workers Cheering Dragon Capsule

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The SpaceX team poses for a photo with the next Dragon to fly.

ISSPresso, the Space-bound Coffeemaker


One of the major cargo items of interest on SpaceX's Dragon is this prototype space coffee maker built in Italy.

ISSpresso Space Coffee Machine


Called the ISSpresso, the zero gravity coffee machine is designed to make espresso coffee for astronauts in space.

Falcon 9 in Launch Position


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo ship for the Commercial Resupply Service 6 mission (CRS-6) is raised into vertical launch position atop a pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ahead of a planned liftoff on April 13, 2015.

SpaceX Dragon for CRS-6 Mission


SpaceX's sixth Dragon cargo ship to make a NASA delivery is seen in detail atop its Falcon 9 rocket on April 13, 2015 as it is prepared to launch from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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