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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship Launches to Space Station Today. Here's How to Watch Live

SpaceX was scheduled to launch the Falcon 9 carrying the supplies on Tuesday but delayed the launch until Wednesday.

Above all else, it's important to remember that the primary mission - sending Cargo Dragon to the ISS - continues to proceed nominally.

Dragon will be filled with more than 5,600 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

The mission got underway at 1:16 p.m. EST (GMT-5) when the Falcon 9's nine Merlin 1C engines ignited with a roar and a torrent of fiery exhaust, quickly pushing the 230-foot-tall booster away from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It's the first time that's happened since the groundbreaking launch of the company's Falcon Heavy spacecraft in February.

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket - another milestone for SpaceX's cost-cutting reusable rocket technology.

Mission complete: George HW Bush's service dog in final act of service
Bush will be eulogized by former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, whose time in power overlapped with Bush, former US Sen. CT and arrive at Texas A&M University in College Station, home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at 3:45 p.m.

The Dragon spacecraft itself should leave the station and head back to Earth in January, according to Kirt Costello, ISS program chief scientist at Johnson Space Center. The company is contracted with NASA to help bring people in addition to supplies to the space station.

The first stage was previously launched and recovered during missions in May and August as part of a program meant to make the equipment capable of being used 10 or more times without refurbishment.

The mission comes days after India fired a rocket carrying 31 satellites into space.

Thus, the project and the vision of Elon musk, founder of SpaceX, is gradually becoming more real and versatile, not to mention the fact that he accumulates a lot of additional features. The engineers were though less glad with the first-stage booster that ended up into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, missing the designated land zone.

Recently on the ISS came a new crew on the ship "Union". Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June.

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