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Dragon Daring

Space.com just published a new NASA image . . . the picture of a tiny dot whose name is “Dragon.”

spacex-dragon-iss-camera-view

That little dot at the edge of the earth thrills a lot of us, folks who are in the space business, or are mere “space junkies” like me.  It was a historic event according to the story:

The unmanned vehicle, called Dragon, is built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), and is the first commercial spacecraft ever launched toward the space station. During the rendezvous, the spacecraft approached within 1.6 miles (2.5 km) of the outpost. Dragon launched to orbit  from Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday (May 22) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and is due to arrive at the station on Friday (May 25).

This vehicle is a milestone,  the first commercial cargo carrier to make it to the International Space Station (ISS).  And that is a very big deal for several reasons.

You may also want to visit the site to view a photo series featuring the Space Station’s robotic fleet, of which Dragon is the latest. Space.com also lists the five most promising of the private spaceships.

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