After several delays and aborted attempts, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched this morning, marking the first commercial launch to the International Space Station. The SpaceX mission will deliver a Dragon cargo capsule to the ISS.
Liftoff occurred at 3:44 EDT on May 22, 2012 from Cape Canaveral in Florida and the event was broadcast live online via NASA TV. Learn more about the launch at the NASA website.
The Dragon capsule will deliver supplies, including food, clothing, and student experiments, to the ISS. The 15 student designed experiments were conceived as part of the Student Space Flight Experiments Program (SSEP), a cooperative venture between the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and NanoRacks LLC, a national science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiative. To learn more about the SSEP program and the student experiments aboard the Dragon capsule, visit the NASA website.