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SpaceX rocket blasts off to restock space station

$1.6b contract with NASA calls for 12 more trips

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A privately owned rocket blasted off Sunday night on the first of a dozen space station supply missions under a mega-contract with NASA.

The California-based SpaceX launched its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Aboard the rocket was SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, holding 1,000 pounds of cargo, including chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream for the three station residents.

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