SpaceX Dragon capsule berths with space station

Dragon spacecraft will remain docked for a few weeks before bringing back cargo.
by Dave Klingler – Oct 10 2012, 9:18am EDT

In another picture-perfect arrival, the first official SpaceX cargo Dragon pulled up with an initial shipment of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday morning at 6:56am ET. It was the fourth successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, the third flight for a Dragon spacecraft, and its second successful berthing. Astronauts aboard the ISS quickly captured the craft this morning, well ahead of the timeline. They will spend the next few days unloading equipment and groceries.

This mission is entitled “CRS-1,” denoting the first commercial resupply mission to the Station. If the rest of the mission—the separation and landing—takes place without any hitches, Dragon will have completed a successful transition from NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program to the new and ongoing Commercial Resupply Services program. SpaceX has a contract with NASA under CRS to deliver a total of 12 cargo missions.

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