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SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Docks with the ISS [Video]

This weekend was the first time a commercial space craft successfully rendezvoused with the International Space Station. Check out this video to see the opening of the hatch.

From the notes on NASA’s video release:

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit and Joe Acaba of NASA and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers opened the hatch to SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft and entered the vehicle May 26, one day after the world’s first commercial cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module. Dragon will remain berthed to Harmony until May 31, enabling the crew to unload supplies for the station’s residents before it is re-grappled and released to return to Earth for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California.

If you’re interested in learning more about the SpaceX program, hit up the link below.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/28/12

Comments (2)

  1. Ushindi

    Truly amazing to a guy that can remember when Sputnik went up…
    (And the rockets I worked on used vacuum tube electronics.)

  2. Keith

    vac tubes. my Dad taught me to test them at the local shop. It was a convenience store! Thanks Dad.

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