REPLAY: SpaceX rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, heads for International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A SpaceX commercial rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral on schedule Friday afternoon and is heading to the International Space Station.

Liftoff occurred at 3:25 p.m. amid weather concerns. But conditions remained favorable.

NASA's commercial supplier was foiled by a leaky rocket valve during a launch attempt on Monday. The valve has been replaced.

The unmanned Dragon cargo ship contains 2 1/2 tons of station supplies, including material for urgent computer repairs.

A backup computer failed outside the space station last Friday. Astronauts will conduct a spacewalk to replace the computer in the next few days.

NASA says the material on the Dragon is desirable for the repair job, but not essential. Much-needed food is also aboard, along with a new spacesuit and spacesuit replacement parts.

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