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May 26, 2012 04:25 PM IST | Source:

SpaceX's Dragon capsule locks up to the ISS

In a moment that is nothing short of being historic, SpaceXs Dragon capsule has, according to NASA reports ...

In a moment that is nothing short of being historic, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule has locked itself into the International Space Station (ISS), making it the first commercial company to carry out a space operation, according to reports by NASA. It was on Friday that the International Space Station's Expedition 31 crew attached the Dragon capsule to the ISS. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was quoted as saying, "Today marks another critical step in the future of American spaceflight. Now that a U.S. company has proven its ability to resupply the space station, it opens a new frontier for commercial opportunities in space -- and new job creation opportunities right here in the U.S. By handing off space station transportation to the private sector, NASA is freed up to carry out the really hard work of sending astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before. The Obama Administration has set us on an ambitious path forward and the NASA and SpaceX teams are proving they are up to the task."

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