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SpaceX makes spaceflight history as Dragon capsule safely captured by ISS

One News Page Staff
Friday, 25 May 2012

SpaceX makes spaceflight history as Dragon capsule safely captured by ISSby

SpaceX's Dragon capsule was safely captured by the International Space Station on Friday, making it the first commercial cargo supply flight in spaceflight history

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL -- The SpaceX company's Dragon cargo capsule safely rendezvoused with the International Space Station (ISS) some 300 miles above the Earth's surface.

The SpaceX supply flight is the first commercial supply trip to the $100-billion orbital outpost, a task previously fulfilled by the space shuttle program.

Controllers at NASA flight control centre in Houston, TX, cheered when the ISS's robotic arm securely captured the Dragon cargo capsule at 9.56am EDT (1.56pm GMT).

SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at the ISS
View of the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule shortly after it was captured by the ISS
Video still frame / credit: NASA TV / USTREAM


Following the successful rendezvous, California-based SpaceX is set to stand a good chance to win a lucrative $1.6-billion contract to re-supply the ISS a total of 12 times.
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