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SpaceX test-fired the Falcon 9 rocket early Saturday ahead of launch with the next four astronauts heading to the International Space Station. The static fire test before sunrise Saturday in Florida was a major step toward liftoff Thursday.
The Falcon 9 launch team stationed inside Firing Room 4 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center oversaw an automated countdown early Saturday culminating in ignition of the rocket’s nine Merlin 1D engines at 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT).
The kerosene-fueled engines fired…

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