23 May 2012

SpaceX Successfully Launches Dragon Capsule to ISS

Posted by Ryan Anderson

SpaceX's first space station-bound Dragon spacecraft, flying atop a Falcon 9 rocket, launches behind a high fidelity mockup of the space shuttle, NASA's previous means of delivering cargo to International Space Station. Liftoff occurred on May 22, 2012 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. CREDIT: collectSPACE.com/Robert Z. Pearlman (caption and image lifted from LiveScience)

In the wee hours of the morning, SpaceX took a major step forward in private space exploration, launching their Dragon capsule on a mission to dock with the International Space Station. If the mission is successful, it will be the first time a privately owned spacecraft has docked with the ISS. This is a major milestone, and it’s great to hear the joy in people’s voices toward the end of this video. Congratulations SpaceX! I can’t wait to see the day when Dragon is carrying not just supplies, but humans!