Rocket carrying supplies and solar arrays lifts off bound for ISS

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A Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies and solar arrays lifted off on Thursday, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon spacecraft, operated by commercial space company SpaceX, lifted off from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida at 1:29 pm (1729 GMT). It is scheduled to dock on Saturday to the ISS, 400 kilometres above Earth. Alongside more than 3.3 tons equipment, experiments and supplies for the international crew, are two of six new solar panels that are to provide power to the ISS. The solar panels are to be installed by the crew during several spacewalks in the coming…

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