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SpaceX Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 rocket (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
SpaceX Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 rocket (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in the Pacific Ocean

Do you remember the Apollo missions?

Walter Cronkite hosting the coverage on CBS TV, they'd spot the orange and white parachutes carrying the space capsule floating to a spashdown in the ocean and they would hoist the ship on to the awaiting ship.

Reminiscant of those Apollo missions, the history-making gumdrop-shaped SpaceX Dragon capsule left the International Space Station and returned to Earth floating under three orange and white parachutes to a splash down in the Pacific Ocean at 9:42 MDT this morning, May 31.

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SpaceX Rocket Carrying Dragon Capsule On Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
SpaceX Rocket Carrying Dragon Capsule On Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
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Dragon Capsule Makes History Docking With Space Station

History was made above us in space early this morning, May 25.

The first non-governmental space vehicle, the SpaceX Dragon capsule, completed berthing with the International Space Station just after 10 a.m. (MDT).

Dragon's hatch is scheduled to be opened early Saturday morning, May 26. The station's six astronauts will unload about 1,000 pounds of cargo, including food, clothes, batteries and a laptop, plus 15 student-designed experiments.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket on Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket on Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
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SpaceX Tries Historic Launch Again Early Tuesday

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket on Launch Pad (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

That's what Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will do early Tuesday morning, try again to launch their Falcon 9 space capsule to the International Space Station.
Being KING FM's Special Space Correspondant, I was watching NASA TV early Saturday morning, May 19, when the launch was aborted due to a faulty check valve.
Liftoff for the second launch attempt is set for 1:44 MDT on Tuesday morning, May 22. If successful, this would be the first time a private company has been used to deliver supplies to the space station.

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SpaceX Rocket Falcon 9 (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
SpaceX Rocket Falcon 9 (Roberto Gonzalez/Getty)
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SpaceX Rocket Launch to Space Station Aborted Early Saturday Morning [UPDATE]

Will you be watching the historic launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket?

For the first time in history a private company, Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX, will fly a NASA mission to the International Space Station.

The unmanned Dragon spacecraft will deliver much-needed supplies to the orbiting outpost.

The launch was scheduled for 2:55 a.m. (MDT) but take off was aborted just after ignition, they are expected to try again in three days during the next launch window. Coverage is being provided by NASA's website.

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