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SpaceX Preps for Another Try at Rocket Launch and Landing

SpaceX will try again to make history during the launch of its robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Monday.

The company aims to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a soft touchdown on an unmanned "spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean after the booster sends Dragon on its way toward the orbiting lab. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT) Monday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; you can watch all the action live at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.

SpaceX attempted the same reusable-rocket maneuver during the last Dragon cargo launch, which occurred in January, and very nearly pulled it off: The Falcon 9 first stage succeeded in hitting the drone ship but came in a bit too hard and exploded on the deck. [SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Landing Test Explained (Infographic)]

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SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undergoes final processing in advance of Monday's scheduled launch to the International Space Station. SpaceX