SpaceX Dragon Launches to ISS

Saturday's launch attempt proved a successful one for the SpaceX Dragon.

SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
A Falcon 9 rocket launches the Dragon into orbit early Tuesday morning. (Photos and information courtesy of SpaceX)
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
The successful launch took place at 3:44 a.m., a few days after a faulty engine valve forced engineers to abort a launch attempt on Saturday.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
The Dragon will now undergo a series of tests and demonstrations before attempting to dock with the ISS.
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SpaceX Dragon
The Falcon 9 rocket sits between the protective lightning masts at Cape Canaveral.
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SpaceX Dragon
Umbilical lines connect to the Falcon 9 rocket.
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SpaceX Dragon
The Falcon 9 rocket is placed into a vertical position in preparation for the launch.
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SpaceX Dragon
The Falcon 9 rocket is ferried to the launch pad.
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SpaceX Dragon
The Falcon 9 rocket prepares for its third launch.
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SpaceX Dragon
The Falcon 9 rocket rolls out of the processing facility at Cape Canaveral.
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SpaceX Dragon
Engineers work to connect the Dragon spacecraft to the Falcon 9 rocket.
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SpaceX Dragon
A nose cone sits ready to be installed on a Dragon capsule.
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SpaceX Dragon
Technicians stock cargo in the Dragon capsule in preparation for the launch.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
Technicians stock cargo in the Dragon capsule in preparation for the launch.
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SpaceX Dragon
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur performs a crew equipment interface test with the Dragon capsule.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
Technicians work to unite the Dragon capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for the launch.
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SpaceX Dragon
The Falcon 9 rocket sits in the processing facility where technicians unite it with the Dragon capsule.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
In preparation for the launch, the Falcon 9 rocket fires all 9 engines for 2 seconds as part of a day-long simulation of launch day.
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SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft sits atop the Falcon 9 rocket at the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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SpaceX
SpaceX engineers at the company's Cape Canaveral Launch Control during a full countdown simulation.
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SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket stands at the company's Cape Canaveral launch pad.
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SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket stands at the company's Cape Canaveral launch pad.
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SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft rests horizontally in the company's hangar in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft is rolled out to the company's launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
The Dragon spacecraft sits in the hangar at Cape Canaveral. The capsule rests on top of the trunk. Large square fairings on the side of the trunk cover the solar arrays.
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SpaceX Dragon
View looking at the nosecone of the Dragon spacecraft & Falcon 9 rocket as they roll to the launch pad in Cape Canaveral Florida on April 29, 2012.
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SpaceX Dragon
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur and others perform a crew equipment interface test on the Dragon spacecraft on March 28, 2012, in SpaceX's hangar in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur and others perform a crew equipment interface test on the Dragon spacecraft on March 28, 2012, in SpaceX's hangar in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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SpaceX Dragon
The Dragon spacecraft undergoes final preparations at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
SpaceX Dragon
SpaceX Dragon
The Dragon spacecraft in the hangar at Cape Canaveral, Florida, during processing.
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SpaceX Dragon
Learn more about the upcoming SpaceX Dragon launch attempt here.