A spacecraft 9 rocket was given to a sunrise sky over Florida's Space Coast Friday, and it was a memorable show when it climbed into sunlight and delivered a tow to a orbit at the International Space Station.  The 213 foot long (65 meter) rocket lifted at 05:42 EDT (0942 GMT) Friday from Cape Canaveral's complex 40 launch plate. The Dragon Caps mounted on top of the rocket network transported more than 5,900 pounds (nearly 2,700 kg) deliveries and experiments, including an AI-enabled robotic assistant for station staff and an instrument from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designed to study plant health and stress. Friday's launch marked SpaceX's 12th mission and 57th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket total since 2010. It was also the 14th time, SpaceX has reused a first step booster and the fourth time the company has moved a previously used Dragon capsule .
The spectacular "twilight effect" witnessed Friday occurs when a rocket departs shortly before the sunrise or soon after sunset, when a launch car is illuminated by sunlight just after the lifting. The light enhances the rocket sewage plume, which expands in a teardrop shape in the rare upper atmosphere.
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