CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Liftoff

On Friday, the Falcon 9, a two-stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene, launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch of the rocket, owned and operated by the commercial space company SpaceX, is being seen as a milestone because of its potential for being the first private carrier of cargo to the International Space Station. That role will be crucial in the future owing to the planned completion this fall of the Space Shuttle program.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
1
of 16

Before launch

The Falcon 9 rocket readies for launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Falcon 9 was 180 feet long, 12 feet wide, and weighed 735,000 pounds prior to launch.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
2
of 16

Rollout

The Falcon 9 is rolled out on its way to the launch pad.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
3
of 16

Falcon 9 close-up

A close-up of the front of SpaceX's Falcon 9, a two-stage, liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene rocket that could one day ferry cargo to the International Space Station.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
4
of 16

Ready for launch

The Falcon 9 readies for launch.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
5
of 16

Up in the air

At 2:45 p.m. ET on Friday, June 4, 2010, SpaceX's Falcon 9 lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
6
of 16

Fire in the sky

Fire shoots from the Falcon 9, seconds after lift-off.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
7
of 16

Blast off for the ages

Many see the launch of the Falcon 9 as a vital step forward for the future of the International Space Station mission as a result of the shutdown of the Space Shuttle program.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
8
of 16

On its way

The Falcon 9 clears the ground seconds after blast off.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
9
of 16

Blue sky above

The Falcon 9 had launch windows on Friday and Saturday. But the weather didn't stand in the way of SpaceX's rocket launching Friday.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Chris Thompson/SpaceX
10
of 16

Fire below

Just after launch, the bottom of the Falcon 9 is seen from a camera placed high on its body.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:SpaceX
11
of 16

Two frames

Side-by-side images show the Falcon 9's view of the Earth below (left) and the rocket as seen from the ground.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:SpaceX
12
of 16

Stage separation

The beginning of stage separation is seen from a camera mounted on the Falcon 9.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:SpaceX
13
of 16

Stage separation 2

The separation of the Falcon 9's two stages continues.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:SpaceX
14
of 16

Stage separation 3

The first stage of the rocket gets further away.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:SpaceX
15
of 16

00:08:22

Eight minutes and twenty-two seconds after launch, the Falcon 9 soars above the Earth, seen in the lower left of this image captured by a camera mounted on the rocket.

Updated:Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:SpaceX
16
of 16
Up Next

Iconic Abrams tank gets a high-tech upgrade