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A Dragon Is Berthed!

“Houston, Station — looks like we got us a Dragon by the tail.” NASA Astronaut Don Pettit, Expedition 31 Flight Engineer

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is now a part of the ISS (NASA TV)

Space history has been made today! At 11:02 a.m. CDT, NASA’s Houston mission control announced a successful berth of the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the Harmony Node of the International Space Station, making it the first commercial vehicle to ever dock with the ISS, as well as the first U.S. spacecraft to dock since the STS-135 Atlantis shuttle in July 2011.

Total mission time since launch: 3 days, 11 hours and 18 minutes.

A great day in space!

Videos of the official berthing time and earlier capture by the Canadarm 2 are below:

And here’s a photo of the Dragon taken from the ISS during the previous day’s fly-under:

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule passes between the ISS and Earth on Thursday, May 24 2012. (NASA)

Packed with nearly 1200 pounds of supplies and experiments, the Dragon’s connection will be tested to ensure proper pressure on both sides before the hatch is opened tomorrow morning, with NASA coverage beginning at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

Read more about SpaceX here.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on May 25, 2012, in Spaceflight and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Congratulations to Space X for the conception to Dragon capsule and for be the first independent capsule docked on ISS.
    Now Space X had showed with its capsule Dragon its reliability and the skills of his engineers…
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)

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