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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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 staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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 staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

The Falcon 9 is rolled out on its way to the launch pad.
Updated: / Caption: CNET Reviews staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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 staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

The Falcon 9 readies for launch.
Updated: / Caption: CNET Reviews staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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 staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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 staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

The Falcon 9 clears the ground seconds after blast off.
Updated: / Caption: CNET Reviews staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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 staff / Photo: Chris Thompson/SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

The beginning of stage separation is seen from a camera mounted on the Falcon 9.
Updated: / Caption: CNET Reviews staff / Photo: SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

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

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

00:08:22

The first stage of the rocket gets further away.
Updated: / Caption: CNET Reviews staff / Photo: SpaceX
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Liftoff

Before launch

Rollout

Falcon 9 close-up

Ready for launch

Up in the air

Fire in the sky

Blast off for the ages

On its way

Blue sky above

Fire below

Two frames

Stage separation

Stage separation 2

Stage separation 3

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 staff / Photo: SpaceX
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