SpaceX Dragon Capsule, First Private Test Craft, Launching For NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private company launched a spacecraft Wednesday in a bold demonstration test for NASA that could lead to a space station supply run next year.The Falcon 9 rocket, owned by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., …

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private company launched a spacecraft Wednesday in a bold demonstration test for NASA that could lead to a space station supply run next year.

The Falcon 9 rocket, owned by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., blasted into a clear, chilly morning sky, carrying a capsule named Dragon. The company, known as SpaceX, aimed to place the capsule in orbit and then bring it back to Earth three hours later.

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