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SpaceX set to launch rocket to ISS

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket will be launched this weekend to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket will be launched this weekend to the International Space Station.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

 Saturday will mark the next step in the advancement of space travel.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket will be launched this weekend to the International Space Station. It will be delivering a capsule for the crew currently working on the obiter.

The event will mark the first time a private company has launched a capsule into space.

"We've done everything we possibly can think of to insure the success of this mission. Despite that, there's still significant risk," said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

So far, only a handful of nations have ever traveled into space.

Once in orbit, the unmanned SpaceX Dragon Capsule will head towards the ISS for its delivery. If all goes according to plan, a NASA astronaut will use the station's robotic arm to reach out and grab the capsule to bring it back to the station.

"It's been a very hard technology to develop, and of course we need to prove we've done it correctly, and I think there's a good chance that we don't quite succeed on the first time. But I'm confident we'll succeed on, if it's not the first, it'll be the second or third," said Don Pettit, the astronaut responsible for capturing the capsule to dock to the ISS.

The capsule will be carrying groceries, cargo and even science experiments.

The launch will take place tomorrow at 3:55 a.m. central time. WAFF will also provide online streaming to viewers who wish to watch the launch.

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