SpaceX successfully launches rocket from KSC’s historic 39A launch pad
California-based SpaceX Corp. on Sunday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the same historic launch pad that was used to launch NASA astronauts to the Moon around 50 years ago.
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a robotic Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Station (ISS) was launched at 9:39 a.m. EST (1439 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.
The 39A is the same launch pad that was used by NASA to launch its renowned Apollo missions to the Moon.
After the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket yesterday, NASA commentator George Diller said, “Liftoff of the Falcon 9 to the space station on the first commercial launch from Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39a!”
The launch was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it scrubbed merely 13 seconds prior to the liftoff because of an unexpected reading from the second stage engines of the rocket.
Yesterday’s launch kicked off SpaceX’s tenth cargo mission to the ISS, under a contract with NASA. After eight previous successful missions, the company suffered a failure in June 2015, when a Falcon 9 broke apart just a few minutes after liftoff. Again on Sept. 1, 2016, the company suffered a major set back when a technical glitch destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket as well as its payload, a $200 million satellite.
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