SpaceXâ€™s Dragon spacecraft lifted off Monday aboard the Falcon 9Â rocket atÂ NASAâ€™s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of the companyâ€™s 12th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station.
The spacecraft took off at 12:31 p.m. Eastern time to deliver at least 6,400 poundsÂ of crew supplies and experiments to the ISS, NASA said Monday.
The rocketâ€™s first stage returned to the firmâ€™s landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, while the second stage continued to propel the spacecraft into orbit.
Dragon is scheduled to reach the orbiting laboratory Wednesday morning, SpaceX said.
The launch came two months after SpaceXâ€™s reused Dragon capsule took off aboard Falcon 9 as part of the companyâ€™s CRS-11 mission.