SpaceX set to launch space station resupply mission Monday

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What You Need to Know About SpaceX

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SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Monday afternoon as part of an International Space Station resupply mission.

The launch window is set for 12:31 p.m. with weather forecasts showing a 70 percent likelihood of favorable conditions during the launch window.

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The rocket was rolled out onto launch pad 39-A and raised vertically for a static fire test Thursday morning.

Despite the relatively high favorability rating, the forecast, provided by the U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron, indicates the rocket may have to launch through rain.

The Falcon 9 rocket will boost a Dragon spacecraft filled with almost 6,000 pounds of supplies to the ISS.

The payload includes crucial materials to support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during the next ISS missions, according to NASA.

Since SpaceX plans to attempt to capture this rocket, there is the possibility that residents in Central Florida may hear a sonic boom Monday as part of the launch.

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