In Photos: SpaceX's 1st Reused Dragon Spacecraft Blasts Off

Bam!

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The Falcon 9 rocket stands ready for liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

Falcon 9 Full Thrust

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket(also known as Falcon 9 v1.2), with the used Dragon spacecraft on top, is seen shortly after being raised onto the launchpad. With the payload fairing on top, the Falcon 9 stands about 230 feet (70 meters) tall.

Mission Patch

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The official SpaceX CRS-11 mission patch features the Dragon spacecraft, the International Space Station and a four-leaf clover for good luck.

How SpaceX's Dragon Space Capsule Works (Infographic)

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A look inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule and its Falcon 9 rocket.

Pre-Launch Briefing

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In the Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site auditorium, agency and industry leaders speak to members of the media during a prelaunch news conference on Wednesday, May 31. From left are: Mike Curie of NASA Communications, Kirk Shireman, NASA's International Space Station Program manager, Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of Flight Reliability for SpaceX, Camille Alleyne, associate program scientist for the International Space Station at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and Mike McAleenan, launch weather officer for the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron.

Cool Science Heads to Space

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Jason Mitchell, project manager for the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT, instrument, left, and Keith Gendreau, principle investigator for the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer, or NICER, speak to members of social media in the Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site auditorium.

NICER

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Keith Gendreau, principle investigator for the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer, or NICER, speaks to members of social media in the Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site auditorium.

ROSA

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Jeremy Banik, principle investigator the Roll-Out Solar Array, or ROSA, demonstration, speaks to members of social media in the Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site auditorium.

Fruit Fly Lab-02

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Karen Ocorr, co-investigator for the Fruit Fly Lab-02, speaks to members of social media in the Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site auditorium.

CSELS

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Miriam Sargusingh, project lead for the Capillary Structures for Exploration Life Support, or CSELS, experiment, speaks to members of social media in the Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site auditorium.

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Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.