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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was launched successfully from Florida towards the International Space Station. Intended to resupply the station with equipment and food, the rocket is hoped to be the first reusable space rocket to make it safely back to earth.
[PHOTO] Liftoff of Falcon 9 and Dragon - Dragon now on it's way to the ISS. pic.twitter.com/JJJXLpezxV
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 18, 2014
Elon Musk, the rocket's inventor, is working to bring the costs down of space transportation through the use of the Falcon 9, according to The Telegraph.
The Falcon 9 landed in the Atlantic Ocean after re-entering the earth’s atmosphere as the Dragon spacecraft, which was initially attached to the front of the rocket, continued into space. Numerous ships have been sent to pick up the rocket for further analysis.
The Dragon spacecraft is currently carrying the cargo. It is set to reach the station on Sunday.
On board the Dragon are 2.5 tons of cargo and a pair of legs to be used for Robonaut 2, a robot that works in the station. With the use of the 9-foot legs, Robonaut will be able to move around more easily.
The Dragon spacecraft is a part of a 12-mission contract with NASA costing $1.6 billion, according to CNET.
Image via Twitter from SpaceX