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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon spacecraft to low Earth orbit to deliver critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. SpaceX is targeting a July 18 (EDT) launch of its ninth Commercial Resupply Services mission CRS-9 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The instantaneous launch window opens at 12:45am EDT on July 18, and a backup launch window opens at 12:00am EDT on July 20. Dragon will be deployed about 10 minutes after liftoff and attach to the ISS about two days later. Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Dragon Spacecraft This is the ninth mission by SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Among the almost 5,000 pounds of supplies, equipment and science research Dragon will carry is the first of two international docking adapters, which will allow Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft to dock to the station when transporting astronauts in the near future as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.