Click to enlargeSpaceX Dragon Launch Photo

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Powered by nine Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roars into space at 3:44 a.m. (EDT) May 22, 2012 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The launch is the company's second demonstration test flight for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, or COTS, program.

During the flight, the Dragon capsule will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station.

If the capsule performs as planned, the cargo and experiments it is carrying will be transferred to the station. The cargo includes food, water and provisions for the station's Expedition crews, such as clothing, batteries and computer equipment.

Under COTS, NASA has partnered with two aerospace companies to deliver cargo to the station.

Date Taken/Released: May 22, 2012
Credits: NASA

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