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SpaceX Dragon blasts off to ISS

10-08-2012 10:17 BJT

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A privately owned rocket has blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The unmanned Falcon rocket launched by California-based SpaceX sent a Dragon capsule into space.

The capsule is headed to the International Space Station with 453 kilograms of cargo, including chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream for the three space station residents. This is the first Dragon launch under a $1.6 billion contract between SpaceX and NASA.

The contract calls for 12 resupply missions. The newest Dragon is hauling key experiments and other precious gear. It is expected to reach the orbiting lab Wednesday. It will remain docked for nearly three weeks before returning to Earth with an even bigger load.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CCTV.com

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