Thursday, May 24, 2012


  • In a pivotal moment for private spaceflight, a towering white rocket lifted into space a cone-shaped capsule headed for a three-day trip carrying cargo to the International Space Station and a tricky rendezvous in outer space this week.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • A private space capsule is set to arrive at the International Space Station, and tonight may be your last chance to spot it in the night sky during the mission, NASA says.
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  • What could a rocket company and an electric carmaker possibly have in common? At first glance, perhaps not much, unless the companies are SpaceX and Tesla Motors, which were both co-founded by the serial entrepreneur Elon Musk.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • CAPE CANAVERAL – The SpaceX Dragon capsule is on its way to a rendezvous with the International Space Station and possibly heralding a new era of space transportation. At 3:44 a.m.
  • (Petoskey News-Review)
  • UPDATE 7:45 a.m. EDT — Elon Musk announced via Twitter the Guidance, Navigation and Control Bay doors successfully opened in orbit, "Dragon spaceship opens the navigation pod bay door without hesitation. So much nicer than HAL9000.
  • (Wired News)
  • Bruce Thalheimer loved going fast. He rode motorcycles. He was a competitive aerobatic pilot. But nothing thrilled Thalheimer more than rockets bursting into space. The thrill-seeking Naples businessmans dream was to one day be on a shuttle launch.
  • (Naples Daily News)
  • The private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully launched an unmanned capsule on a test flight to the International Space Station today (May 22), and theres a chance you can spot it in the night sky as it orbits overhead.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first private spacecraft aiming to supply the International Space Station (ISS) completed a fly-under of the complex Thursday, marking a crucial step toward a success docking attempt.
  • (MyFox Dallas)
  • Huzzah for Elon and his team at SpaceX for a successful liftoff with their Falcon 9 rocket -- as Dragon now seeks to approach and dock with the International Space Station.
  • (Salon)
  • Tune in May 24 at 11 p.m. PDT (7 a.m. GMT) to see a live feed of SpaceX taking its next historic step: a rendezvous with the International Space Station.
  • (Wired News)

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