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SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft captured successfully by ISS

History has just been made. Space X‘s Dragon Capsule has docked successfully with the International Space Station.

It is the first privately built spacecraft in history to do so. After launching earlier this week, the spacecraft gradually made its way to the space station, eventually flying in formation with it.

Before the Dragon docked, it turned its engines off, signalling that it was ready to be brought in on the space station’s robotic arm. Here’s the moment it happened:

After the ISS’ robotic arm captured the craft, Astronaut Don Pettit said, “Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail”.

From this point on, the robotic arm will move Dragon into the International Space Station.

Space X is the brainchild of South African-born PayPal co-founder, inventor, engineer and billionaire genius Elon Musk.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself to be thrown in the deep and did his best to stay afloat. When not fused with his keyboard, you can find... More