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Created 8-Feb-20
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After a 1 day delay due to weather, SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Crew Dragon capsule at 10:30 a.m. EST on January 19, 2020 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The unmanned capsule was a test intended to demonstrate Crew Dragon’s ability to reliably carry crew to safety in the unlikely event of an emergency on ascent. SpaceX configured Crew Dragon to trigger a launch escape about 1.5 minutes after liftoff. All major functions were executed, including separation, engine firings, parachute deployment and landing.

Crew Dragon splashed down at 10:38 a.m. about 20 miles off the Florida coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

Photos taken from the Exploration Tower, about 11 miles from the launch pad.