SpaceX Historic Launch – Key Facts and Where to Watch

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SpaceX launches 17th mission of 2017 on Wednesday, a cargo supply flight to the International Space Station from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force base.

UPDATE

SpaceX has again pushed back the launch of a used Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule filled with NASA cargo — this time to no earlier than Friday (Dec. 13) — for extra inspections and cleaning after engineers detected particles in the booster’s second-stage fuel system.

This launch previously was announced to be on Tuesday at 8:46 AM PST (11:46 AM EST), but soon it has been moved and is now targeting the backup window of Wednesday, December 13 at 11:24 AM EST.

Reason to watch

Every SpaceX launch is a fascinating performance but this time the mission is historic. Here’s why.

It’s going to be the first time ever SpaceX will launch a refurbished, previously launched Dragon spacecraft combining with also used Falcon 9 first stage booster. This booster first flew in July (also on an ISS cargo mission), and the spacecraft first flew to the station in 2015.

The cargo today is around 4,800 pounds of supplies and scientific experimentation support material for research being conducted on the ISS.

As it was reported, Dragon will spend about a month at the ISS docked for unloading and reloading with return cargo from the ISS, before returning to Earth. Meanwhile, SpaceX will also try to restore the first stage of the Falcon 9 again with a landing at its LZ-1 facility at Cape Canaveral.

You can watch the launch live here:

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