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.
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