We wanted to extend congratulations to our friends at SpaceX. It has been exciting to watch the historic launch of their Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule earlier this week. Today they officially grappled and berthed to the International Space Station. With a total mission time of only 3 days, 8 hours and 18 minutes the Dragon is the first ever commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station and the first US spacecraft to visit the ISS in almost a year.
Here is the video of the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 on May 22, 2012, from Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida:
Earlier today the SpaceX Dragon capsule was grappled and berthed to the ISS:
Tomorrow, the crew on the ISS plans to open the hatch and float into the capsule to begin unloading supplies and equipment. SpaceX hopes to begin regular cargo deliveries later this year.
We wish you guys continued success with your next missions and look forward to celebrating the next milestones with you!