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(Spacex’s Dragon capsule docking with the ISS)
As you may already know Falcon 9 rocket, which carried the Dragon shuttle, was successfully launched into space couple of days ago on May 22nd. Now we have the news that it has officially made its way to the International Space Station (ISS) making history as the first ever private spacecraft to reach to the ISS.
The robotic arm of the ISS reached out and grabbed the SpaceX’s Dragon capsule today marking the historical event.
“The SpaceX Dragon capsule was securely bolted to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 12:02 p.m. EDT.” NASA announced the news officially, today on May 25th through the blog.
(Thermal image taken by the Dragon capsule of the ISS)
This mission is only a demonstration flight made by the Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX) to show their ability and prove that they can continue the contract with NASA to launch cargo safely to the International Space Station, becoming the first private company to do so.
SpaceX will now begin more flights to the ISS later this year for their $1.6 billion cargo transportation deal with NASA making 12 missions of delivering 44,000 pounds of cargo and supplies to the ISS.