The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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A SpaceX rocket blasted off Monday toward the International Space Station, carrying a load of supplies including a docking adapter that future spaceships will use to park at the orbiting outpost.The nearly 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of cargo on board includes an international docking adaptor which will function as a parking spot for commercial space taxis in the coming years.The docking adapter is the first of two to be sent to the ISS, and will enable future arrivals by privately owned spaceships which are under construction by SpaceX and Boeing.According to NASA, the Boeing-built docking adapters will function automatically, making it faster and easier for spaceships -- including the Boeing Starliner and SpaceX's Dragon crew vehicle -- to come and go from the station.
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