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Capsule docks at ISS in historic first

2012-05-25 18:55

Cape Canaveral - The first privately funded supply ship is now part of the International Space Station.

Astronauts captured the SpaceX Dragon capsule with a robot arm and docked it to the orbiting complex on Friday, preparing to unload its half-ton of supplies.

The US-based SpaceX is the first private company to attempt such a feat. Until now, only major governments have sent spacecraft to the space station.

The US space agency, Nasa, is turning over orbital supply missions to the commercial industry so it can focus on bigger, better objectives, like sending crews to Mars.

The billionaire mastermind behind SpaceX, Elon Musk, described the day's events as "just awesome." Dragon lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-05-25 20:21

    Well done to Elon Musk and company. The Dragon lives.

      Mantex Esu - 2012-05-26 11:53

      am so happy for that company the world will soon know that there are the best in every thing the do

  • Martin - 2012-05-25 21:14

    How is this not front page news when Elon Musk, PayPal founder, inventor, (worth literally 10x more than Mark Shuttleworth), boss of Tesla electric cars and the pioneer of the flippin first ever commercial rocket to be launched into space and allowed to dock with the International Space Station ? How how how does every other normal South African citizen not realise the enormity of this !! He is a born and bred flippin South African....a Pretoria boy ! And yet people talk about Zuma's knob for the past week !!! Are they all living in a cave ???

      SaleƩ Sithwell - 2012-05-26 13:12

      Thank you, Martin!

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