The first ever commercial rocket capsule that was launched yesterday, successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS). The endeavor which saw the docking of the Dragon capsule to the ISS, makes SpaceX the first privately owned company in history to achieve a feat like this. After the successful docking where cargo will be transferred from the capsule to the ISS by the astronauts aboard it, there is still a long way to go given the fact that the Dragon has to complete a re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere safely.
But for now, the astronauts on the ISS will load used equipment into the unmanned Dragon rocket and after a reported span of two weeks, the capsule is said to land in a pre-arranged area about a hundred miles west of Southern California in the Pacific Ocean. This successful launching came after many delays and problems that had to be dealt with. After testing out the thrusters on the launch pad and a few more reviewed launch dates, SpaceX’s Dragon rocket became the first ever commercial rocket to launch into space and dock with the International Space Station. The video embedded above shows the Dragon docking with the ISS via a robotic arm for your viewing convenience.
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