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Liftoff! SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Debut

Light My Fire


The engines ignite on SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket as the clock ticks down to zero for the first ever launch of the brand new private rocket backed by millionaire Elon Musk on June 4, 2010.



Falcon 9 prior to its first flight

Here to Go


See photos of SpaceX's landmark first launch of its new Falcon 9 rocket on June 4, 2010. California-based SpaceX is developing new Falcon 9 rockets and Dragon spacecraft to send cargo and possibly people into orbit. Here, SpaceX\'s first Falcon 9 rocket i

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