Pictures: SpaceX Falcon 9 test launch
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SpaceX Falcon 9 test launch
What could be a new era in spaceflight dawned today with the successful launch of a new private rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Falcon 9 the gleaming white, 180-foot-tall flagship rocket of commercial upstart SpaceX -- lifted off its launchpad at 2:45 p.m., Friday, June 4, 2010 and soared into partly cloudy skies, riding a trail of fire from its nine Merlin engines.