First 3-D Printer Has Entered Outer Space

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lights up the sky during liftoff at 1:52.03 a.m. Sunday morning Sept. 21, 2014 for the resupply mission to the International Space Station photo taken at the Whitley Marina Cocoa. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Craig Rubadoux)

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