A Dragon Lands on ISS
The SpaceX Dragon Capsule was successfully grabbed by the International Space Station making it the first commercial craft to make its way to the ISS.
At 9:56 a.m. EST astronaut Don Pettit announced, “Looks like we got us a dragon by the tail”. It was reported that Mission Control in Houston cheered at the announcement. Pettit and his fellow astronauts are checking over the capsule through external cameras to make sure that it is secure and clear for docking.
The entire process should be complete by 5:00 p.m. EST today and then it will be attached to the Harmony module. The astronauts will enter the capsule tomorrow. It will remain there until next Thursday when it will return loaded with experiments from the space station.
The Dragon capsule is owned by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation or SpaceX. The Califonia company is hoping to be one of NASA’s choices for launching American astronauts into routine flights. The company is being lead under the direction of billionaire Elon Musk, known for his help with Pay Pal.