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Liftoff! SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Debut

Information, That's What I Need

Karl Tate, SPACE.com

The Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon Spacecraft: See the craft in detail, plus how it stacks up to a Russian Soyuz rocket and NASA's space shuttles.

Come Talk to Me

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President Barack Obama walks with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk while touring the SpaceX launch facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on April 15, 2010. The President stopped by on his way to visit NASA’s nearby Kennedy Space Center to deliver remarks on his planned new for U.S. human space flight.

Earth Below Us

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This view from a camera on SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket shows the Earth far below as the rocket soared into orbit on its inaugural launch June 4, 2010.

Up Where We Belong

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SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket enters earth orbit on its maiden flight during a June 4, 2010 test launch.

Keep 'Em Separated

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SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket dispenses with its first stage during a June 4, 2010 test launch.

Squeezing Out Sparks

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SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket soars into space on its maiden flight during a June 4, 2010 test launch.

Birds of a Feather

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SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket soars into space on its maiden flight during a June 4, 2010 test launch.

Little Fluffy Clouds

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SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket soars into space on its maiden flight during a June 4, 2010 test launch.

Blaze of Glory

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SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket soars into space on its maiden flight during a June 4, 2010 test launch.

The Bird has Flown

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 4, 2010.

Going for the One

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SpaceX's debut Falcon 9 rocket soars into space on its maiden flight during a June 4, 2010 test launch.

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