We have liftoff! At 1:29 p.m. EDT, with partly cloudy skies serving as the backdrop, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbs away from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida, carrying the Dragon spacecraft on the company’s 22nd cargo resupply mission.
Slated to arrive at the International Space Station on Saturday, June 5, Dragon will deliver more than 7,300 pounds of science and research experiments, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware. Coming up in just one minute, the rocket will pass through Max Q – the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket. Following this, the Falcon 9’s first and second stage will separate.