July 18, 2012
Relive SpaceX's Dragon Making History
|It has already been two months since SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft completed its historic test flight to the International Space Station. Now the company has released a highlight video for fans and supporters.|
Previously only four governments -- the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency -- had achieved this feat. In celebration of this milestone for commercial space flight, SpaceX has released an inspiring video featuring key milestones from the mission.
The highlights include:
May 22: Launch Day: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
May 23: Dragon orbited Earth as it traveled toward the International Space Station.
May 24: Dragon's sensors and flight systems were subjected to a series of tests to determine if the vehicle was ready to attach to the space station.
May 25: NASA gave Dragon the GO to attempt berthing with the station. Dragon approached. It was successfully captured by the station's robotic arm.
May 26: US astronaut Don Pettit opened Dragon's hatch and the astronauts entered.
May 31: After six days at the International Space Station, Dragon departed for its return to Earth, carrying a load of cargo for NASA. SpaceX completed its historic mission when Dragon splashed down safely in the Pacific.
SOURCE SpaceX Channel
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