Christmas Comes Late to Space

Jan 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm |
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The SpaceX Dragon vessel has successfully attached itself to the International Space Station. The company – Space Exploration Technologies Corporation – is the space travel pioneer spearheaded by PayPal founder and Tesla CEO, billionaire Elon Musk. The ultimate goal of SpaceX is to make space travel affordable and popular and to ease the human colonization of Mars. This week, in the company’s fifth successful resupply mission, the Dragon capsule continues SpaceX’s tradition of being the first private company to send a spacecraft to the ISS. During the launch on Jan. 10, SpaceX attempted a historic move by using a floating rocket landing pad to retrieve the actual rocket that would be abandoned after takeoff. The platform can be seen in Musk’s tweet below:

The mission was a success, although the Falcon 9 rocket booster landed harder than expected and caused some damage to the spaceport ship. While the reclamation of the rocket is being considered a failure, it was a hugely important stride in the future of waste reduction and technological reuse.

Musk tweeted about the events and remained optimistic.

The mission solidified its overall success when Dragon reached the ISS two days later (Jan. 12), bolting itself securely to the station. Reportedly, the ship carried groceries, supplies, and even belated Christmas gifts for the ISS astronauts.

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SpaceX CEO, 43-year-old Elon Musk (Photo credit ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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