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October 8, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft was successfully launched Sunday, and by Wednesday morning the International Space Station crew should be greeting it with open arms. NASA's Sunita Williams, ISS commander, and Japanese colleague Aki Hoshide will stretch out the station's robotic arm to install the Dragon on Wednesday at 4:22 a.m. (7:22 a.m. Eastern), according to NASA.  The Dragon will be attached to the station for 18 days before heading back to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific off Southern California.
March 1, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
On an overcast morning, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canavera l Air Force Station and sped through the clouds Friday on its way to the International Space Station. However, about 12 minutes into the NASA resupply mission, after the rocket had lifted its Dragon capsule packed with more than 1,200 pounds of cargo into orbit, there was an anomaly in the spacecraft. "It appears that although it reached Earth orbit, Dragon is experiencing some type of problem right now," John Insprucker, Falcon 9 product director, told viewers on SpaceX's live webcast.
February 25, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Hawthorne-based rocket maker SpaceX is targeting Friday as the launch date for the next NASA cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station. The company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., performed a successful resupply mission to the space station in October and a demonstration mission back in May. SpaceX is the only commercial company to perform such a task. Blastoff of the company's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 7:10 a.m. PST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
May 25, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
For the first time, a cargo-carrying spacecraft made by a private company arrived at the International Space Station. SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft was captured by the space station's 58-foot robotic arm by astronaut Don Pettit aboard the space station. The linkup took place about 250 miles above northwest Australia at 6:56 a.m. PDT. "Looks like we got us a Dragon by the tail," Pettit confirmed. At that moment, engineers watching at SpaceX's control center at their Hawthorne headquarters, as well as NASA mission control in Houston, began cheering, with rounds of high-fives and handshakes.
May 19, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
SpaceX's historic launch to the International Space Station was aborted in the pre-dawn hours at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday when computers detected a problem with one of the rocket's nine engines and automatically shut down. Countdown to the launch, which was webcast on NASA TV , hit T-0 at 4:55 a.m. Eastern time when the rocket engines seemed to briefly light before the technical problem hit. Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and chief executive, tweeted shortly afterward : "Launch aborted: slightly high combustion chamber pressure on engine 5. Will adjust limits for countdown in a few days.
October 28, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
After spending three weeks in outer space, SpaceX's Dragon space capsule survived a fiery reentry of the Earth's atmosphere and splashed down hundreds of miles west of Southern California. When the unmanned cone-shaped capsule hit the water at 12:22 p.m. Pacific time Sunday, it marked the end of the mission carried out by the Hawthorne company officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp. The spacecraft delivered 882 pounds of supplies to the space station earlier this month and returned with 1,673 pounds of cargo.
June 17, 2007 | Reuters
Balky computers on the International Space Station were fully revived Saturday, but crew members admitted the problem had worried them and served as a reminder that spaceflight is dangerous. Station commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and flight engineer Oleg Kotov rewired the bank of computers to bypass a power outlet that NASA and Russian space officials believe may have caused the computers to crash Monday.
This past Sunday, the space shuttle Endeavour attached the world's largest solar wings to the international space station Alpha. Installed with the help of two spacewalking astronauts, these new solar panels will allow NASA to launch its lab module, Destiny, in January and will keep the station going for the next several years. A new Discovery Channel special, "Inside the Space Station," premiering Sunday, examines the technological marvel of Alpha.
October 8, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Among the important cargo onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule is material to create Silly Putty as well as ice cream. And it's not that freeze-dried "astronaut" kind. The ice cream is tagging along on the space flight that launched Sunday night from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The capsule is expected to reach the International Space Station on Wednesday.  The ice cream is encased in a GLACIER refrigerator, which is an ultra-cold freezer that stores samples at temperatures as low as minus 301 degrees Fahrenheit.
July 8, 1993
By a margin of one vote, the House rejected an amendment to terminate the space station Freedom by eliminating its funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration budget (HR 2200). The bill authorizes $12.7 billion over the next seven years for the project, which is designed to yield scientific breakthroughs and energize the U.S. space program. About $9 billion already has been appropriated toward putting Freedom aloft by the end of the century.
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