18 April 2014
SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket at 3:25 p.m. EDT Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Dragon spacecraft is carrying critical supplies for the International Space Station’s Expedition 39 crew, as part of a 12-mission contract with NASA. Dragon is on a course to rendezvous with the station Sunday morning. Commander Koichi Wakata and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio will capture Dragon using the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 7:14 a.m. to prepare for its berthing to the Harmony module. AIAA congratulates SpaceX, an AIAA corporate member, on the successful launch. (Image Credit: NASA TV)
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