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SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET LAUNCHES AMERICA’S FIRST COMMERCIAL CARGO RESUPPLY MISSION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
10.07.12
 
The first SpaceX launch for NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:35 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Oct. 7. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, designated SpaceX CRS-1, is the first of 12 contracted flights by the company to resupply the International Space Station and is the second trip by a Dragon to the station, following a successful demonstration mission in May. Under the CRS contract, SpaceX will restore an American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science experiments, to the orbiting laboratory -- a capability not available since the retirement of the space shuttle.


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Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
Center Contact: George Diller, 321-867-2468
HQ Contact: Joshua Buck, 202-358-1100
For more info, www.nasa.gov/station

Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator

“We’re once again launching spacecraft from American soil with the supplies our astronauts need in space. The SpaceX launch tonight marks the official start of commercial resupply missions by American companies operating out of U.S. space ports like the one right here in Florida.”
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