Dragon C2+ (Falcon 9)
22 May 2012
A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 22 May 2012 at 3:44 a.m. carrying a Dragon spacecraft loaded with cargo on a demonstration test flight to the International Space Station. This is the first attempt at a commercial flight to the ISS under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program intended to replace the Space Shuttle Program for access to low Earth orbit. After the launch it was revealed the Falcon 9's second stage carried the remains of 300 people in the form of ashes. Among them was James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on Star Trek: The Original Series, and Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter.
View images of the Dragon spacecraft from this mission when it was on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in February 2015. Click to view Dragon images.
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