SpaceX's Dragon Spaceship Pad Abort Test in Photos

SpaceX's Dragon crew vehicle: ready for launch

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SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule on Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40, just before a successful test of the launch escape system on May 6, 2015.

SpaceX's Dragon crew vehicle waiting for launch

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SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule awaits a test of the launch escape system at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 on May 6, 2015.

Dragon escape test launch

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SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 40 during a successful test of the launch escape system on May 6, 2015.

Dragon capsule parachutes back to Earth

SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule safely parachuted back to Earth after a successful test of the launch escape system on May 6, 2015.

Dragon splashdown

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SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule splashed down in the ocean off the coast of Florida after a successful test of the launch escape system on May 6, 2015..

SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule after test

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SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule awaited rescue in the ocean off the coast of Florida after a successful test of the launch escape system on May 6, 2015.

SpaceX’s Dragon Pad Abort Test Vehicle

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The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a pad abort test on May 6, 2015 to test the launch escape system on its manned Dragon spaceship. See the mission in photos here. HERE: SpaceX technicians work on the Dragon vehicle that will undergo a key "pad abort test."

Crew Dragon Capsule on a Platform

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SpaceX's Crew Dragon is on a platform above the launch pad ahead of the Pad Abort Test scheduled for May 6, 2015, at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Crew Dragon Capsule in the Distance

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SpaceX's Crew Dragon sits on a platform above the launch pad in the distance ahead of the Pad Abort Test scheduled for May 6, 2015, at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Photojournalists at Pad Abort Test

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Photojournalists set up cameras at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to image a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during its Pad Abort Test scheduled for May 6, 2015.

Crew Dragon Capsule and Photojournalist

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A photojournalist sets up a camera at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to image a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during its Pad Abort Test scheduled for May 6, 2015.

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