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Space X Rocket Blasts Off For International Space Station

June 29, 2018 - 11:34 am
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And we have liftoff!

A SpaceX rocket blasted off before dawn Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, headed toward the International Space Station. 

The 6,000 pounds of cargo includes the first robot with artificial intelligence to be used in space, genetically identical mice and super-caffeinated coffee for the crew of the ISS. 

The cargo is expected to reach the ISS on Monday. 

This marks SpaceX's fastest reflight of a booster. The same first-stage booster launched the planet-hunting Tess satellite in April. The capsule, meanwhile, flew in 2016. 

The Falcon rocket flew two months ago, but this was its last journey.  SpaceX won't retrieve the booster for another flight. The company is switching to a new model.