Space Exploration Technologies Corp. made history Friday by attaching the first private spacecraft to the international space station, a move that ultimately could change the economics and politics of U.S. space exploration.
Closely held SpaceX, controlled by billionaire Elon Musk, connected its unmanned Dragon capsule to the station at 12:02 pm New York time, according to Kyle Herring, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
SpaceX's Dragon capsule will today attempt to dock with the International Space Station. If everything goes as planned, SpaceX would become the first private company to ever complete such a feat. The docking manuevers
TITUSVILLE, FL – MAY 22: SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft atop rocket Falcon 9 lifts off from Pad 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Titusville, Florida. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images) In the end, it was Scotty who got beamed up.
By SCOTT POWERS ORLANDO — The SpaceX rocket that launched a spacecraft to the International Space Station also carried the cremated remains of 320 people, including former Mercury astronaut L. Gordon “Gordy” Cooper and James Doohan, immortalized in