Friday, May 25, 2012

Dragon, meet ISS

Knock, knock
Somewhere in orbit
May 25, 2012

Pretty historic day a couple of hundred miles above our heads, as the SpaceX Dragon capsule, loaded with clean laundry and tasty treats - and, possibly, some of Scottie's ashes - docked with the International Space Station.

This is a big deal, as it illustrates that private industry is eminently capable of getting into orbit, doing critical work, and getting back down. Still ticked that the Space Shuttles have been retired? You might be looking at the next generation human-capable spacecraft, as SpaceX plans to stick seats in these puppies and fly real astronauts on them within the next three or so years.

Enjoy the peanut brittle, Expedition 31. More on the way, I'm sure.

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