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Rocket: Falcon 9
Payload: Dragon C2+
Launch Date: May 22, 2012
Launch Time: 0744 GMT (3:44 a.m. EDT)
ISS Grapple: May 25, 2012 @ 1356 GMT (9:56 a.m. EDT)
ISS Departure: May 31, 2012 @ 0935 GMT (5:35 a.m. EDT)
Splashdown: May 31, 2012 @ 1542 GMT (11:42 a.m. EDT)
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Landing Site: Pacific Ocean

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Falcon 9 launch timeline
SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: May 15, 2012

T-00:00 Liftoff
After the rocket's nine Merlin engines pass an automated health check, four hold-down clamps will release the Falcon 9 booster for liftoff from Complex 40.
T+01:24 Max Q
The Falcon 9 rocket reaches Max Q, the point of maximum aerodynamic pressure.
T+03:00 MECO
Moments after two of the Falcon 9's first stage engines shut down, the remaining seven Merlin engines cut off.
T+03:05 Stage 1 Separation
The Falcon 9's first stage separates from the second stage five seconds after MECO.
T+03:12 Stage 2 Ignition
The second stage Merlin vacuum engine ignites for a six-minute burn to inject the Dragon payload into orbit.
T+03:52 Nose Cone Jettison
The nose cone covering the Dragon spacecraft's berthing port is jettisoned after the rocket climbs above the dense lower atmosphere.
T+09:14 SECO
The second stage Merlin vacuum engine shuts down after reaching a target orbit with a low point of 310 kilometers (192 miles), a high point of 340 kilometers (211 miles), and an inclination of 51.6 degrees.
T+09:49 Dragon Separation
The Dragon spacecraft separates from the Falcon 9 second stage to begin a pursuit of the International Space Station.

Data source: SpaceX

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