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SpaceX historic Dragon ISS mission video highlights blast off

SpaceX historic Dragon ISS mission video highlights blast off

The folks at SpaceX made history this year with their successful launch of the Dragon spacecraft and interaction with the International Space Station - and they're not about to let you forget it. This week they've released a highlights video showing off footage that they and/or NASA filmed from the launch, the approach, the attachment to the ISS, and the splashdown of this mission, all in epic fashion. Have a peek while you sip your afternoon coffee!

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SpaceX completes Dragon design review, Branson to take his kids on first spaceflight next year

SpaceX completes Dragon design review, Branson to take his kids on first spaceflight next year

SpaceX has been NASA's most successful commercial space partner. SpaceX became the first company to successfully dock a private spacecraft with the International Space Station and return its ship to Earth safely. SpaceX has announced that it has now completed the design review of its Dragon space capsule. This marks the conclusion of both the primary and secondary design element review for the spacecraft, which is also designed to carry astronauts into orbit.

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SpaceX tests new rocket engine

SpaceX tests new rocket engine

SpaceX has announced a successful test of its new rocket engine. The new engine is dubbed the Merlin 1D. The company bills the rocket engine as the most efficient booster engine ever built. The engine was able to produce a massive 147,000 pounds of thrust in a stationary position.

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk: “it’s like seeing your kid come home”

SpaceX’s Elon Musk: “it’s like seeing your kid come home”

In it's historic first-ever mission lead by a private company accessing the Internationl Space Station, the SpaceX group have now not only delivered their cargo, but have safely returned their newest Dragon model spacecraft back to the planet as well. This event makes the Dragon spacecraft a holder of two fantastic space-related records, the other being that it was the first comercially-built and operated spacecraft to be recovered successfully from orbit. SpaceX is at the head of these feats, with CEO Elon Musk greeting the pod as it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean earlier today: "welcome home baby."

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SpaceX Dragon detached from ISS to return home

SpaceX Dragon detached from ISS to return home

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has only one more task to complete before its historic mission to the International Space Station is complete and a resounding success. The Dragon capsule has been disconnected from the ISS in preparation to return to earth. ISS astronauts disconnected the Dragon capsule from the station early this morning.

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Space Station crew savors “new car smell” of Dragon capsule

Space Station crew savors “new car smell” of Dragon capsule

SpaceX's Dragon capsule revealed its secrets to the crew of the International Space Station earlier today, a cache of food, equipment and "new car smell" as astronauts opened the hatch for the first time. After successfully docking with the ISS yesterday - and setting a new record in the process, as the first private craft to link with the station - after a 3.5 day trip through space, Dragon's more than 1,000 pounds of cargo will be unloaded over the next four days, before the shelves are packed up again for the return trip.

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SpaceX mission makes history: docking successful

SpaceX mission makes history: docking successful

This morning NASA confirmed that the SpaceX mission sending the Dragon had officially been captured as well as completely docked with the ISS - history has been made! The first of two stages of docking was made 10:52 AM CST, the second at 11:02 AM CST, both stages needed at the International Space Station before the pod can be officially docked and the mission can be seen as a success. This docking comes after a single missed opportunity launch on Earth followed by a successful launch, this making SpaceX the first commercial group to launch and successfully attach to the ISS.

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SpaceX docks with ISS: “Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail”

SpaceX docks with ISS: “Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail”

NASA and SpaceX have made history today, with the International Space Station reaching out and grappling the Dragon capsule with its robotic arm. The culmination of a three day flight and numerous tests of the safety functionality necessary to protect both Dragon and the ISS, the team aboard the orbiting space platform guided the robotic arm to pluck the capsule out of the sky at 9:56 ET this morning.

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SpaceX Dragon parks 30m off Space Station as docking nears

SpaceX Dragon parks 30m off Space Station as docking nears

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has reached the hold point near the International Space Station, just 30m from the orbiting platform, and waiting for the optimum time for the station to grapple it in. It's taken several hours of testing and positioning to get Dragon in so close, with NASA and the SpaceX ground team repeatedly running through the "retreat" procedure which will halt the craft and back it away from the ISS should an issue arise.

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