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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasts off on October 7, 2012 as it heads... News PhotoCape Canaveral,Carrying,Exploding,Florida - USA,Gulf Coast States,Rocket,Science and Technology,Space Exploration,Space Mission,Space Travel Vehicle,SpaceX,SpaceX Falcon,USA,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPSpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blasts off on October 7, 2012 as it heads for space carrying the company's Dragon CRX-1 spacecraft from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the cargo-laden Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station for NASA's first privately-run supply mission. The SpaceX craft, carrying around 1,000 pounds (455 kilograms) of supplies, took off as scheduled at 8:35 pm (0035 GMT) and is set to reach the orbiting space lab on October 10. It is the first of 12 planned missions in the US firm's $1.6 billion contract with NASA. AFP PHOTO/Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/GettyImages)