SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Stands Atop Historic NASA Launchpad for 1st Time

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has gone vertical at NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) for the first time.

The California-based company is getting ready for a planned Feb. 18 liftoff from LC-39A, which is part of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon 9 will blast SpaceX’s robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA, if all goes according to plan.

Over the years, Apollo moon missions and space shuttles lifted off from LC-39A. SpaceX signed a 20-year lease for the pad in 2014 and, after making some modifications, is now ready to start using it.
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