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Kennedy Space Center back in launch business — this time for business

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Kennedy Space Center is back in the rocket-launching business — and this time it’s really a business. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off into space from historic Launch Complex 39A Sunday morning, the first launch from Kennedy since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. This was a business launch in almost every sense, except in purpose. The Dragon capsule sent into orbit by the rocket is full of 5,500 pounds of equipment and goods for the International Space Station.…

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Fifth time’s the charm! SpaceX lands rocket on ocean barge

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted through a picture-perfect spring Florida sky Friday afternoon and then landed softly and surely on a barge in the ocean 11 minutes later. The successful at-sea landing for the rocket’s first stage is a first, and it comes in SpaceX’s fifth try, bringing screaming cheers from the company’s California headquarters, webcast. The rocket landed just a few feet off dead-center on what SpaceX calls its drone ship, named “Of Course I Still Love You,”…

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