SpaceX Crew Capsule Docks at International Space Station
SpaceX's new crew capsule successfully docked at the International Space Station on Sunday.
NASA said it's a "first for a commercially built & operated spacecraft designed for crew." On Saturday, SpaceX launched its first spacecraft designed for human passengers without a hitch.
And while there weren't any actual human beings on that launch, it's part of a series of steps SpaceX is taking to prove that the spacecraft can take people into space. NASA's relied on Russian rockets to send its astronauts to space for a decade.
And since seats in Russian rockets cost roughly $80 million per astronaut, NASA has looked to the private sector to make space travel a little more cost-effective.
NASA Director Jim Bridenstine said Saturday's launch "marks a new chapter in American excellence, getting us closer to once again flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil." If nothing goes wrong during the demo mission, the Crew Dragon capsule's design could be used later this year to take two NASA astronauts to the space station. Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN .
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