Photos: Falcon 9 blasts off from Historic Cape Canaveral Launch Pad

Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39 returned to rocket launch operations on Sunday with a most impressive liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket – ushering in a new era of commercial launch operations from the storied space center.

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Last-Second Countdown Abort for Inaugural Falcon 9 Launch from LC-39A

The inaugural launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral’s historic Launch Complex 39A had to be scrubbed on Saturday after a late countdown abort due to a potential issue with an engine steering device on the rocket’s second stage.

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Falcon 9 declared GO for Historic Debut Launch from LC-39A with Dragon Cargo Craft

SpaceX and NASA are GO for Saturday’s planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon cargo spacecraft set for its tenth operational mission to the International Space Station, carrying 2,500 Kilograms of cargo to the orbiting laboratory.

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Falcon 9 fires up for milestone Engine Test on historic Launch Pad 39A

The rumble of rocket engines returned to the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 completed a milestone Static Fire Test at the historic Launch Complex 39A that was last used over five years ago by the final flight of the Space Shuttle.

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Successful Homecoming for SpaceX Dragon after month-long ISS Mission

The SpaceX Dragon SpX-9 spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Friday and parachuted to a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean after dropping over two metric tons of cargo off at ISS and picking up over one ton of return items, eagerly awaited by scientists and engineers.

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ISS Robots position International Docking Adapter for Friday Installation Spacewalk

The International Space Station’s robotic duo was in action throughout Wednesday night and on Thursday to pre-position an critical docking adapter to be installed during a spacewalk on Friday to give ISS a new parking spot to be utilized by Commercial Crew vehicles to dock at the orbiting outpost.

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Commercial Crew Docking Adapter to be installed on ISS via complex Robotics & Spacewalk

A critical docking adapter installation is on tap aboard the International Space Station this week with ambitious task outline split between robotic work completed remotely from the ground and a spacewalk to be carried out on Friday by Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon to Orbit, flies First Stage back to Florida for Powered Landing

It was a spectacle with two acts at Florida’s Space Coast Sunday night when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night skies twice, first when thundering into orbit with the Dragon SpX-9 cargo ship and again when the rocket’s first stage fell back toward a powered landing on a flat pad south of the launch site.

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