Thursday, December 9, 2010

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket launch successful

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX successfully launched the Dragon space capsule into orbit, marking the first such attempt by a private enterprise that could pave the way for the future of space travel.

This photo provided by SpaceX shows the Dragon spacecraft carried by three main parachutes to a gentle soft landing in the Pacific Ocean.

The private company launched a spacecraft into orbit and for the first time guided it safely back to Earth, a feat previously achieved only by large national governments.

Pictures: SpaceX/Getty

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