Falcon 9 blasts off

Updated: May 22, 2012 19:05 IST

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket, which is 178-foot (54-meter) tall, lifted off at 3.44am (0744 GMT) from a refurbished launch pad just south of where NASA launched its now-retired space shuttles. Reuters/Pierre DuCharme
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket, which is 178-foot (54-meter) tall, lifted off at 3.44am (0744 GMT) from a refurbished launch pad just south of where NASA launched its now-retired space shuttles. Reuters/Pierre DuCharme

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