Adventure

Private Rocket Heads to Space Station

First non-gov craft to dock with ISS

On Tuesday, SpaceX launched a private, unmanned space capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to dock with the International Space Station, the first non-governmental spacecraft ever to do so. The capsule, called Dragon, was loaded with 1,014 pounds of food and supplies for the Space Station crew, who are orbiting 249 miles above the North Atlantic Ocean, according to NASA officials. The Dragon capsule is ultimately designed for manned flights in an effort to shift space exploration to the private sector. "I think this is an example of American entrepreneurship at its best," Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of NASA's commercial crew and cargo program, said. The capsule is also carrying ashes of 308 people, including actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on Star Trek.

Read more at Yahoo News

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside
Filed To: News
More Adventure