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Friday, June 4, 2010

SpaceX's FALCON 9 rocket launches on its maiden flight on June 4, 2010.
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KUDOS TO SPACEX for the successful maiden launch of its Falcon 9 rocket! Today’s historic liftoff oughta be a sign that the job of sending crew and cargo into low-Earth orbit by NASA can soon be handed over to commercial launch companies...and that NASA can focus on sending astronauts to asteroids by um, 2025...as envisioned by Obama. I’m still upset that he cancelled the Constellation moon program though.

The main engines on the FALCON 9 rocket ignite as it prepares to launch on its maiden flight on June 4, 2010.
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The FALCON 9 rocket leaves the pad on its maiden launch on June 4, 2010.
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The FALCON 9 rocket heads off into space on its maiden launch on June 4, 2010.
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The FALCON 9 rocket heads off into space on its maiden launch on June 4, 2010.
Matt Stroshane / Getty Images