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Private space launch company SpaceX is launching a rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon. 

It's the second time the company is re-using one of its Falcon 9 rockets to make the trip into orbit. The rocket will carry supplies to the ISS. The launch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Central from Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

Watch the launch live in the player below:

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SpaceX is gearing up to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center this afternoon. The rocket is the most powerful to be launched in the U.S. since the Saturn V rocket, which carried NASA’s first astronauts to the moon. SpaceX says the launch will carry the largest payload of any rocket since Saturn V in 1973.

The test launch will also carry Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster into space as payload, which will (ideally) careen into orbit around Mars while playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity." 

The SpaceX complex at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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From Texas Standard:

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a space shuttle filled with tourists?

While that idea sounds like science fiction, the reality of sending tourists to space is right around the corner – at least if you believe Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He recently announced that Blue Origin, his private space company, could begin flying private citizens to the edge of the atmosphere by next year.

To paraphrase an age-old saying: If at first you don't succeed, well, dust off the historic launch pad and try another liftoff.

Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

BROWNSVILLE — Calling South Texas the new frontier of space, Gov. Rick Perry, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and other Texas officials broke ground Monday morning at the site of a future private commercial orbital launch facility expected to boost Brownsville’s economy and start launching rockets in 2016.

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