J. P. Major

J. P. Major
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MAY 25, 2012 1:08PM

A Dragon Is Berthed!

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The SpaceX Dragon capsule is now a part of the ISS (NASA TV)

Space history has been made today!¬†At 11:02 a.m. CDT, NASA’s Houston mission control announced a successful berth of the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the Harmony Node of the International Space Station, making it the first commercial vehicle to ever dock with the ISS, as well as the first U.S. spacecraft to dock since the STS-135 Atlantis shuttle in July 2011.

Total mission time since launch: 3 days, 11 hours and 18 minutes.

A great day in space!

Videos of the official berthing time and earlier capture by the Canadarm 2 are below:

And here’s a photo of the Dragon taken from the ISS during the previous day’s fly-under:

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule passes between the ISS and Earth on Thursday, May 24 2012. (NASA)

Packed with nearly 1200 pounds of supplies and experiments, the Dragon’s connection will be tested to ensure proper pressure on both sides before the hatch is opened tomorrow morning, with NASA coverage beginning at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

Read more about SpaceX here.

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Wonderful, I love all dragons.
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Wow, that's pretty amazing...thanks for posting!
Ok...this is TOO cool...the FIRST commercial endeavor into space. It is also exciting that there is functionality involved here....resupplying others...and that seems like a business op that might pay for itself someday in the far far future!