SpaceX Successfully Launches Reusable Rocket Toward International Space Station

Today's launch is SpaceX's third of 12 resupply missions through their $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

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The unmanned rocket is carrying thousands of pounds of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) and is scheduled to reach the space station on Wednesday, April 23.

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The rocket is even carrying ice cream, tucked away in the freezer, for the three astronauts currently on board the ISS.

The launch was also the first attempt to use a reusable rocket, which, if successful, could completely change the economics of space exploration.

This is 1st ever orbital rocket launch w landing legs. Will attempt leg deploy & soft landing out to sea.

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This is 1st ever orbital rocket launch w landing legs. Will attempt leg deploy & soft landing out to sea.

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SpaceX's next supply run is scheduled for January 2015.

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