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Watch SpaceX launch its second cargo mission to the ISS, live on io9!

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Last May, SpaceX's Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft in history to visit the International Space Station. This morning, the private spaceflight company will attempt to do it again.

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SpaceX's second cargo delivery mission to humanity's outpost in space is set to lift off at 10:10 ET, atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket. Watch it live, with coverage beginning at 8:30 ET, here on io9 (see below) — or via SpaceX's webcast page beginning at 9:30 ET.

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The resupply mission is the second in SpaceX's 12-mission, $1.6-billion deal with NASA, and a crucial proving step on the company's path to delivering humans to and from the ISS. Every successful cargo delivery instills a little more confidence in the burgeoning private spaceflight sector, and adds another feather to SpaceX's cap of credibility. We're talking about crucial proof-of-concept — not just for crewed missions to and from the ISS, but to the Moon, asteroids, and Mars.



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cljohnston108
cljohnston108

Kinda disappointed that they didn't show the solar arrays deploy.

They had a nice view of the capsule from the second stage, with about a minute and a half to go... and then they just cut away to the control room, then to launch replays!

That's no way to keep the public interested.