SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's historic moonshot pad is back in business.

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. It's carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

Astronauts flew to the moon from this very spot nearly a half-century ago. The pad was last used for NASA's final shuttle mission nearly six years ago.

This is SpaceX's first launch from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer. As an extra treat for spectators, SpaceX landed the booster rocket back at Cape Canaveral following liftoff. That recycling feat has been accomplished only twice before.

The rocket is carrying re-supply materials for the International Space Station, including a cell culturing biology experiment designed by two Craft Academy students. The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a residential high school at Morehead State University.

Craft Academy seniors Will Casto and Danielle Gibson along with MSU professor Dr. Michael E. Fultz will be able to study the effects of microgravity on muscle contraction.

SpaceX is leasing the pad from NASA for 20 years. The company hopes to launch U.S. astronauts from there next year.

A launch attempt on Saturday was scuttled.



 
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