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The post-launch press conference was all smiles after SpaceX's successful launch from NASA's Launch Complex 39A made history on Sunday.
A SpaceX Falcon 9, one of the private spaceflight company's flagship rockets, launched a Dragon spacecraft into orbit at 9:39 a.m.Sunday.Afterward, it promptly disengaged its first stage and sent it back to Earth for a perfect landing in Cape Canaveral at SpaceX's Landing Zone 1.
"It's been a super-exciting day - it's really awesome to see 39A roar back to life for the first time since the shuttle era, and it was extremely special that this first launch on 39A was a Dragon mission for NASA to the space station," said SpaceX's Jessica Jenson during the briefing.
NASA Pad 39A is the pad that hosted most of the Apollo missions as well as many shuttle operations.SpaceX modernized the historic launch pad as NASA extended to them a 20-year lease on it.
Said Jenson: "This is a huge deal for us."
SpaceX has another launch scheduled from 39!, and the first recycled booster will also launch from the same pad eventually.That launch will make history too when it demonstrates the feasibility of reusable spacecraft parts.
William Spetch, deputy manager of NASA's International Space Station transportation office, remarked, "Great launch today; we were really excited to see everything go well after yesterday's countdown fun. Dragon's on its way, space station is in great shape and really looking forward to getting the 5,000 plus pounds of cargo coming up to the vehicle."[메디컬리포트=Oliver Smith 기자]