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On Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Space Launch Complex-40 is ablaze as the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at 3:44 a.m. EDT on May 22, 2012. The launch was the company's second demonstration test flight for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, or COTS, program. During the flight, the Dragon capsule conducted a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station. The cargo included 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.

Image #: KSC-2012-2913
Date: May 22, 2012

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