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The SpaceX mission

<p>With the Earth's horizon as a backdrop, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen berthed to the International Space Station, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA</p>

With the Earth's horizon as a backdrop, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen berthed to the International Space Station, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA

With the Earth's horizon as a backdrop, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen berthed to the International Space Station, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft approaches the International Space Station for a series of tests in this handout supplied by NASA, May 24, 2012. 

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The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft approaches the International Space Station for a series of tests in this handout supplied by NASA, May 24, 2012. REUTERS/NASA

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft approaches the International Space Station for a series of tests in this handout supplied by NASA, May 24, 2012. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen in a camera on the end of the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm as it moves away from the station in preparation for its return to earth, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen in a camera on the end of the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm as it moves away from the station in preparation for its return to earth, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen in a camera on the end of the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm as it moves away from the station in preparation for its return to earth, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen attached to the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm as it is unberthed in preparation for its return to earth, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV</p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen attached to the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm as it is unberthed in preparation for its return to earth, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen attached to the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm as it is unberthed in preparation for its return to earth, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this closeup, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this closeup, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this closeup, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>Flight controllers at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California work with the International Space Station crew as the Dragon commercial cargo craft conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the capsule to the station in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012.    REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

Flight controllers at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California work with the International Space Station crew as the Dragon commercial cargo craft conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the capsule to the station in this image...more

Flight controllers at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California work with the International Space Station crew as the Dragon commercial cargo craft conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the capsule to the station in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>With the Earth in the background, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen as it is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, May 25, 2012. 

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With the Earth in the background, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen as it is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA

With the Earth in the background, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen as it is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen in the docking port camera display of the International Space Station as it holds position as the crew of the ISS conducts tests before the final approach, grapple and docking of the capsule in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen in the docking port camera display of the International Space Station as it holds position as the crew of the ISS conducts tests before the final approach, grapple and docking of the capsule in this...more

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen in the docking port camera display of the International Space Station as it holds position as the crew of the ISS conducts tests before the final approach, grapple and docking of the capsule in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>A birthing camera view shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it is being moved into position for docking with the International Space Station in this image from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

A birthing camera view shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it is being moved into position for docking with the International Space Station in this image from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

A birthing camera view shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it is being moved into position for docking with the International Space Station in this image from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>Flight controllers clap in NASA's International Space Station control room in Houston, Texas, as the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is captured by crew members aboard the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2  in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012.    REUTERS/NASA TV  </p>

Flight controllers clap in NASA's International Space Station control room in Houston, Texas, as the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is captured by crew members aboard the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image...more

Flight controllers clap in NASA's International Space Station control room in Houston, Texas, as the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is captured by crew members aboard the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen with part of the International Space Station in the foreground as it holds position 30 meters (98 ft.) from the station as the crew of the ISS conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the capsule in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012.    REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen with part of the International Space Station in the foreground as it holds position 30 meters (98 ft.) from the station as the crew of the ISS conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the...more

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen with part of the International Space Station in the foreground as it holds position 30 meters (98 ft.) from the station as the crew of the ISS conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the capsule in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012.    REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is moved into position for docking with the International Space Station using the station's Canadarm2 in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen with the International Space Station's Canadarm2 in the foreground as it holds position 30 meters (98 ft.) from the station as the crew of the ISS conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the capsule in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012.    REUTERS/NASA TV </p>

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen with the International Space Station's Canadarm2 in the foreground as it holds position 30 meters (98 ft.) from the station as the crew of the ISS conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of...more

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen with the International Space Station's Canadarm2 in the foreground as it holds position 30 meters (98 ft.) from the station as the crew of the ISS conducts final tests before the grapple and docking of the capsule in this image captured from NASA TV May 25, 2012. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 22, 2012.   REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme </p>

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

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<p>The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme </p>

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

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<p>The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket is being prepared for launch from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Brown </p>

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket is being prepared for launch from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Brown

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket is being prepared for launch from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/ Michael Brown

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<p>The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket is being prepared for launch from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme </p>

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket is being prepared for launch from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket is being prepared for launch from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

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<p>Mark Patterson (L) and Matthew Rece, both with CTNewsJunkie.Com, prepare a remote camera for the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme </p>

Mark Patterson (L) and Matthew Rece, both with CTNewsJunkie.Com, prepare a remote camera for the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

Mark Patterson (L) and Matthew Rece, both with CTNewsJunkie.Com, prepare a remote camera for the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

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<p>SpaceX technicians work around the number five rocket engine on the SpaceX Falcon 9 in the Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida  May 19, 2012.  REUTERS / Pierre DuCharme </p>

SpaceX technicians work around the number five rocket engine on the SpaceX Falcon 9 in the Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 19, 2012. REUTERS / Pierre DuCharme

SpaceX technicians work around the number five rocket engine on the SpaceX Falcon 9 in the Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida May 19, 2012. REUTERS / Pierre DuCharme

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<p>Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon capsule floats in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja, California, May 31, 2012. 

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Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon capsule floats in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja, California, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon capsule floats in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja, California, May 31, 2012. REUTERS/SpaceX

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<p>Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja, California, May 31, 2012

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Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja, California, May 31, 2012 REUTERS/SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies' unmanned Dragon capsule splashes down in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja, California, May 31, 2012 REUTERS/SpaceX

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