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In Photos: SpaceX Launches Cargo Capsule to Space Station, Lands Rocket

At the Ready

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, waiting to carry a Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on Aug. 14, 2017.

Everything in Place

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Dragon was loaded up with over 6,400 pounds of supplies for this, its 12th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Liftoff!

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The Falcon 9 soars into the sky from Pad 39A on Aug. 14, 2017.

Ascending

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The Falcon 9's first-stage engines power the rocket and Dragon into the Florida sky.

Stage Separation

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The Falcon 9's first and second stages separate, about 2.5 minutes into flight.

Second-Stage Engine Fires Up

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The engine on the Falcon 9's second stage pushes Dragon toward the space station.

Back to Earth

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The first stage heads back down.

Falling Fast

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The Falcon 9 first stage streaks downward through Earth's atmosphere.

Touchdown!

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The Falcon 9's first stage settles down at Landing Zone 1, at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Dragon Deploys

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Dragon deploys from the Falcon 9's second stage.

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Space.com Staff
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