SpaceX successfully flies by International Space Station:
While orbiting Earth at about 17,000 mph, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule Thursday came within 1.5 miles of the International Space Station in preparation for its historic hookup scheduled for later this week.
The fly-by, confirmed by NASA in its webcast, is a crucial step for the company, officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., and its goal of becoming the world’s first private firm to dock a craft with the space station.
Photo: At left, the International Space Station passes in front of the sun as seen in an image taken from Salgotarjan, northeast of Budapest, Hungary. Credit: Peter Komka / EPA
NASA hails SpaceX launch as ‘a new era’ for spaceflight: The era of government-run missions into space was historically altered Tuesday morning when SpaceX, a private rocket company in Hawthorne, launched a capsule into orbit to later dock with the International Space Station.
Photo: The Falcon 9 rocket streaks into the sky behind a model of NASA’s space shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center, heading for a rendezvous with the International Space Station and opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight. Credit: Craig Rubadoux / Associated Press