February 8, 1987 |
Two Soviet cosmonauts guided their Soyuz space capsule to a successful docking with an orbiting "space hotel" today, bringing the Soviet Union one step closer to its goal of a permanently manned outpost in space. The linkup with the Mir space station, considered one of the most difficult maneuvers in manned space flight, was completed at 2:28 this morning, the official news agency Tass said. Table Already Set Waiting for Flight Commander Yuri V.
May 31, 2012 |
SpaceX's Dragon space capsule, which last week became the world's first privately built and operated spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station, is scheduled to return to Earth on Thursday morning. At 8:44 a.m. Pacific time, the capsule is set to splash down in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles west of Southern California. It will be the culmination of a historic mission carried out by the Hawthorne company, which is officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
June 1, 2012 |
About 563 miles west of Baja California, SpaceX's Dragon space capsule successfully splashed down after spending nine days in outer space. When the unmanned cone-shaped capsule hit the water at 8:42 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, it marked the end of a historic mission carried out by the Hawthorne company officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. It was the first privately built and operated spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station. "Welcome home, baby," said Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and chief executive, in a news briefing from company headquarters.
October 27, 2012 |
SpaceX's Dragon space capsule, currently on the first contracted mission to resupply the International Space Station, is scheduled to return to Earth on Sunday afternoon. At 12:20 p.m. PDT, the capsule is set to splash down in the Pacific Ocean about 250 miles west of Southern California. It will be the culmination of the mission carried out by the Hawthorne company, which is officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. The spacecraft delivered 882 pounds of cargo to the station earlier this month.
May 26, 2012 |
Less than 24 hours after a historic docking, astronauts aboard the International Space Station clambered into SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft and began unloading supplies that were packed inside. Wearing oxygen masks as a precaution, the astronauts opened the hatch, slid the door open, and took delivery of the 1,014 pounds of food, water and clothing aboard Dragon. "Like the smell of a brand new car," said NASA astronaut Don Pettit, after going inside. Live coverage of the hatch opening, which included some of the first video footage from inside the cone-shaped Dragon, started Saturday shortly before 3 a.m PDT on the Hawthorne company's website and NASA TV. Delivering cargo wasn't SpaceX's key mission -- the space station is well-provisioned.
July 21, 1999 |
Nearly 38 years after its splashdown from space, the space capsule Liberty Bell 7 was successfully raised early Tuesday, a team of explorers announced. The capsule had lain three miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas since astronaut Gus Grissom's 15-minute flight July 21, 1961. Parts of the craft were remarkably well-preserved, including several dimes from clothing worn by Grissom. Liberty Bell was the only manned spacecraft that had not been recovered.