SpaceX Dragon blasts off to space station

SpaceX Dragon blasts off to space station

Credit: (AP Photo/NASA)

In this image provided by NASA the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, Falcon 9 rocket with it's Dragon capsule attached on top is seen at Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Oct. 2, 2012. The coming mission is the first under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA that calls for a dozen resupply flights by SpaceX, essential in the post-shuttle era. The liftoff is planned for Sunday morning, Oct. 7, at 8:35 p.m. EDT.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 8, 2012 at 6:10 AM

(AP) -- A privately owned rocket blasted off Sunday night with a space station cargo ship named Dragon.

It will be the second time that the California-based SpaceX company tries to launch a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station.

Last May, a test flight went well. Now the real work is about to begin under a $1.6 billion contract between NASA and SpaceX. This will be the first of 12 resupply missions under that contract.

SpaceX raised the rocket, vertically, at its Cape Canaveral launch pad Sunday afternoon in advance of the liftoff.

NASA is counting on private business to restock the space station, now that the shuttles have retired.

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