Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SpaceX launches rocket

Falcon 9 lifts off. SpaceX photo
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The SpaceX rocket launched Tuesday from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a cargo mission to the International Space Station. Falcon 9 lifted the Dragon capsule at 3:44 a.m. Eastern Time. Before docking with the ISS, the capsule will undergo a series of tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the station. (Sources: multiple, 05/22/12) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests rocket engines for other private companies involved in space flight.