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RAW: SpaceX spacecraft to link with International Space Station

Posted at 11:41 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 23:41:42-05

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL (SpaceX/CNN) - SpaceX made another huge step toward becoming the space industry's king of reusable hardware.

On Friday, it launched a used spacecraft (the Dragon) on top of a partially used rocket (the Falcon 9) for the first time ever.

 

Liftoff took place at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The first-stage Falcon 9 booster used in Friday's launch was safely recovered once again, so it could potentially be used in a third mission.

The Dragon Spacecraft will dock at the International Space Station on Sunday with more than 4,800 pounds of cargo.

Six people are now on board the Space Station, three NASA astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and one Italian astronaut. 

It was SpaceX’s 17th launch for 2017. The company has one more launch slated for the year on Dec. 22.

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