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The historic SpaceX shuttle launch (photos)

Photos from the historic space shuttle launch by SpaceX, the first commercial company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.
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By Laura Shin on
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Falcon 9 pre-launch. To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)

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Liftoff at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)

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SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft sits atop the Falcon 9 shuttle moments before liftoff. To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)

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To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)

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To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)

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The crowd cheers. To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)

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View from the Dragon spacecraft as it orbits Earth. This view shows some of the solar panel arrays that power the spacecraft. To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)

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View of Earth by a thermal imager from Dragon as it orbits Earth. To read more about SpaceX's launch of the first commerical aircraft to the International Space Station, read more here. (SpaceX)  

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