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NASA Launches SpaceX CRS-6 from Cape Canaveral

posted: 04/14/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
NASA CRS-6 liftoff
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NASA's sixth SpaceX resupply mission successfully launched on Tuesday afternoon at 4:11 P.M. EDT after a scrubbed launch on Monday due to unfavorable weather conditions.

The unmanned Dragon spacecraft is currently en route to the International Space Station, where it will dock on Friday morning. ESA astronaut Samantha Crisoforetti and NASA astronaut Terry Vierts will operate a 58-foot robotic arm to capture the spacecraft and complete the docking sequence.

Late next month, Dragon will splash down off of the coast of Southern California. According to NASA, it is the only operational spacecraft capable of returning a large amount of supplies back to Earth.

UPDATE 4:55 P.M. EDT: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that SpaceX was unsuccessful in landing the Falcon 9 rocket upright on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean. The Dragon spacecraft is not impacted and continues toward the International Space Station unabated.

Click here for more information about the SpaceX CRS-6 mission

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