Falcon 9 sends Dragon on High-Profile ISS Resupply Mission, 1st Stage Return sets new Record Time

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket thundered away from Florida’s Space Coast Saturday afternoon, starting an eight-minute round-trip for its first stage booster and a ten-minute ascent into orbit for the Dragon SpX-11 cargo spacecraft sitting atop the 65-meter tall rocket to head off on a critical resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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Cygnus Cargo Ship Captured by Space Station for Three-Month Stay & Critical Science Delivery

Booked for a three month stay, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-7 cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, hauling nearly 3,500 Kilograms of supplies to the orbiting laboratory to support dozens of scientific experiments, ISS maintenance, and an unprecedented CubeSat constellation for the exploration of a largely unknown region of Earth’s atmosphere.

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